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BEND, OR — One person was hurt when a small plane crashed Saturday, at the Bend Airport. According to Bend Police, the Cessna 180 was landing when it was struck by a gust of wind. The pilot tried to get control of the aircraft but it hit an embankment and crashed, just east of the runway. 

 

The pilot, 58-year-old John Bentley Jr., told investigators that he and three passengers were returning from a three-hour flight, when the crash occurred. No one was seriously hurt, but one passenger was taken to St. Charles Bend with a minor injury. 

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