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Plane crashes on top of Lebanon building; pilot, passenger rescued

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LEBANON, OR (KPTV) -

A plane crashed on top of a Lebanon building, but firefighters said the pilot and a passenger did not suffer serious injuries.

Emergency crews responded to the 36100 block Bohlken Drive at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Firefighters arrived to find a small, two-seat plane that crashed on a shop building.

The position of the airplane on the roof was precarious, according to firefighters, and required crews to secure the plane before rescuing the two people inside.

The pilot and a passenger were both conscious and talking to rescue crews. They were rescued from the plane and taken to the hospital with injuries described as non-life threatening.

The scene was turned over to the Linn County Sheriff's Office. Deputies are coordinating the crash investigation with the FAA.

Investigators said the pilot, identified as 78-year-old Marion Knox of Lebanon, had taken off from a private airstrip nearby and after flying for a short time, attempted to land.

The plane began to experience mechanical issues during the landing, according to deputies, so Knox circled around and attempted a second landing, but the plane came in too low and crashed onto the shop after glancing off some trees.

"It was over so fast, when we hit it wasn’t a hard hit, i didn’t feel anything, it didn’t knock me out, I didn’t feel any pain," Knox said. "I thought, 'well this is pretty strange.'"

"I would have to say I think the Lord didn’t want me to go just yet , I think he wanted me to have another chance," he added.  

The passenger, 57-year-old Steve Edmiston of Albany, called 911. 

The plane was identified as a Van's Aircraft RV-6A.

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