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He flipped his plane on takeoff from small Eliza Island airstrip

The pilot of a Stinson 108 suffered minor injuries when he crashed Friday at the end of a small airstrip on Eliza Island.
The pilot of a Stinson 108 suffered minor injuries when he crashed Friday at the end of a small airstrip on Eliza Island. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A 65-year-old man suffered minor injuries when he crashed his vintage private plane on takeoff Friday from a small airstrip on Eliza Island, officials said.

An official with the National Transportation Safety Board said the single-engine Stinson 108-3 landed upside-down at the end of the 1,500-foot runway about 1 p.m. Friday.

Two dogs aboard the aircraft escaped injury, said NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson.

Cause of the crash remained under investigation, Knudson said.

Bellingham firefighters took the fireboat Salish Star to the island and evaluated the pilot's injuries, said Assistant Chief Bill Hewett of the Bellingham Fire Department. Firefighters didn't take him to the hospital, Hewett said.

He wasn't identified, but the plane is registered to Gary T. McFadden of Kent, according to FAA records.

According to Wikipedia, the four-seat Stinson 108 was a popular general-aviation aircraft during the immediate post-World War II era.

Eliza Island is a small island off the southern tip of Lummi Island.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty
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