Small plane hits sagebrush, flips in Ore. landing



ALFALFA, Ore. (AP) — Central Oregon sheriff’s officers say a single-engine light plane that lost power and attempted an emergency landing on a primitive road was doing fine until the landing gear hit a big clump of sagebrush. The plane flipped over and came to rest upside down but the three men on board climbed out unhurt.

Crook County Sheriff Jim Hensley says the Cessna Sky Wagon was en route to the Bend airport from Idaho when the engine lost power Friday.

The pilot and plane owner was identified as 37-year-old Timothy Turnbull. Also aboard were 40-year-old Jeffrey Stuermer and 37-year-old William Wheir. All are from Bend.

The plane went down south of the Powell Butte mountains about three miles north of the town of Alfalfa.