Small airplane crashes into kayaker on Willamette River in Oregon

A 42-year-old woman was seriously injured on Wednesday after being hit by a small plane while kayaking in Oregon.

The pilot, a 69-year-old man, was taking off from a gravel bar north of the community of Fairfield when he struck the kayaker on the Willamette River in rural Yamhill County.

The woman is expected to survive. A woman who was paddling with her in another kayak was not hit by the plane.

“Speaking with the pilot, he’s apparently landed here approximately 50 times before and will land there and recreate in the water and then take off again,” Sam Elliott, Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said.

The pilot had logged 6,500 hours of flight time.

Pilots can lawfully land on and take off from the bar, Elliott said.

The sheriff’s office did not publicly identify the pilot or the woman who was struck.

The gravel bar is known as the Lower Lambert Bar. The plane, a Piper Super Cub, is outfitted with oversized, soft tires that allow it to land on the rough terrain.