Smith Valley man survives Yerington plane crash |

Smith Valley man survives Yerington plane crash

Staff Reports

A Smith Valley pilot survived the Thursday crash of his experimental aircraft with minor injuries, Yerington officials confirmed.

Richard R. Smith, Sr., of Upper Colony Road, is the registered owner of the 1986 Boyd Bruce RV4 fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Smith was conducting touch-and-go landings when the aircraft ran off the runway, according to the FAA’s Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing web site.

The aircraft veered sharply to the left just after landing, and rolled over after it hit soft soil off the edge of the runway, according to the Yerington Police Department.

Rescuers responded to the crash at 9 a.m. Thursday, where they found Smith inside the overturned aircraft on the west side of the runway, trapped in the cockpit.

Yerington and Mason Valley firefighters cut him free of the aircraft, and Smith was treated at South Lyon Medical Center and released later that day.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.