W J R ENTERPISES INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N61072
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Portland FSDO-09
Aircraft Make: NAVAL AIRCRAFT
Aircraft Model: N3N
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: COTTAGE GROVE
AIRCRAFT STRUCK POWERLINES AND LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT, COTTAGE GROVE, OREGON.
COTTAGE GROVE — More than 5,500 utility customers lost electrical service mid-afternoon Saturday possibly caused by an airplane near Jim Wright Field, also known the Cottage Grove State Airport, that have clipped a transmission line.
The incident disrupted power and caused a small grass fire that was extinguished quickly without property damage.
Tom Gauntt, a spokesman for Pacific Power, said at 4:15 p.m. that most of the power in the Cottage Grove area had been restored by switching service to other available transmission lines, but that about 1,600 customers in the Goshen area remained without power at that hour.
Gauntt said Pacific Power expected all outages to be repaired by 6 p.m. Saturday.
Davena Amick-Elder, spokeswoman for the Oregon Aviation Historical Society, said no injuries resulted from the incident but that she could not discuss any details.
A dispatcher at the Cottage Grove Police Department verified that an incident involving a biplane had occurred and said that the Federal Aviation Administration probably would be assigned to carry out further investigation.