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A Piper Cherokee rests in a field near the Myrtle Creek Municipal Airport on Tuesday.

MYRTLE CREEK — A 72-year-old Riddle man suffered minor injuries after police said a crosswind blew his plane clear of the runway during a landing at Myrtle Creek Municipal Airport on Tuesday afternoon.

Myrtle Creek police reported the crash happened shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday when the plane, a brown and white Piper Cherokee, got caught in a crosswind and was shoved away from the runway. The plane came to a rest nose down in an adjacent plowed area.

The pilot was treated on the scene for minor injuries, while the plane suffered extensive front-end damage.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the accident.

Donovan Brink can be reached at dbrink@nrtoday.com and 541-957-4219.

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