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Sequim man crashes plane in Port Townsend

John M. Cook, 78, of Sequim, remains in Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after crashing his airplane April 9 at the Jefferson County International Airport.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office reports that Cook's 2007 Remos model G-3 airplane apparently missed the runway and crashed in a grass strip while he was attempting to land.

However, Keppie Keplin-ger, East Jefferson Fire-

Rescue spokeswoman, said eyewitnesses saw that Cook was attempting to take off.

Cook, the sole occupant of the two-seat airplane, sustained non-life-threatening injuries. He was transported by Airlift Northwest to Harborview.

His condition was listed as satisfactory April 14, upgraded from serious earlier this week, a Harborview representative said, and he had been transferred out of the hospital's intensive care unit.

The airplane was destroy-ed in the incident that the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

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