PORTLAND, Ore. A small plane crashed just short of the runway at Portland International Airport on Saturday, killing the only person on board, federal officials said.
The single-engine Lancair Columbia 400 crashed and burned while trying to land and scattered wreckage along the runway, said Mike Fergus, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
The crash closed the airport for about 20 minutes until 9:30 a.m., delaying a few flights, said Steve Johnson, spokesman for the Port of Portland.
Officials identified the victim as Dr. Richard E. Otoski, a Klamath Falls dermatologist who was an experienced pilot.
Visibility was a quarter-mile or less, said Dan Keirns of the National Weather Service. It was not immediately known whether visibility was a factor.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.