Plane goes off the runway at Grove Field in Camas

The pilot and three passengers were unhurt

CAMAS — Four people on board a single-engine Cessna had a bumpy landing Thursday afternoon at Grove Field in Camas.

This single-engine cessna went off the runway at Grove Field in Camas. The four passengers on board were uninjured. Photo courtesy Clark County Sheriff's Office
This single-engine cessna went off the runway at Grove Field in Camas. The four passengers on board were uninjured. Photo courtesy Clark County Sheriff’s Office

The incident happened shortly after 1 p.m., according to East County Fire and Rescue Chief Michael Carnes.

The aircraft experienced some sort of malfunction, Carnes said, which prevented the pilot from stopping before it had run off the end of the airport’s single runway. The plan rolled off the end of the runway, plowed through two fences, and then came to a rest in a field nearby, which is owned by the Port of Camas-Washougal.

The pilot and three passengers were able to walk away unharmed.

Grove Field in Camas is home to a number of the area’s private aircraft. Photo courtesy Port of Camas-Washougal
Grove Field in Camas is home to a number of the area’s private aircraft. Photo courtesy Port of Camas-Washougal

Carnes says they were on scene in moments, since Station 91 sits directly next to the air field. Air traffic was briefly halted, but allowed to continue after a fire engine was moved from the runway.

Grove field is owned and operated by the Port of Camas-Washougal, and located three miles north of the city of Camas.

A single-engine Cessna went off the runway at Grove Field in Camas on Thursday. The four people on board were not injured. Photo from Grove Field Webcam
A single-engine Cessna went off the runway at Grove Field in Camas on Thursday. The four people on board were not injured. Photo from Grove Field Webcam

It has been a rough year for pilots who call Grove Field their home base. In January, Battle Ground pilot George Regis vanished after taking off from the strip. He and his aircraft were later found crashed on Mount Hood.

Last April a small kit plane crashed near La Center after taking off from Grove Field. Milo Kays, 73, of Camas, and Dennis Kozacek, 70, of Ridgefield were both killed. Both men had hangars at Grove Field.

Carnes says they’re happy that Thursday’s incident ended up being much less dramatic, and that no one was injured. The cause of the crash is being investigated by the FAA and the NTSB, according to a release from the Clark County Sheriff’s office.

About The Author

Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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