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Two survive training flight crash

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot on a training flight at a Washington County airport aborted a takeoff after a door opened, and the plane crashed.

The Washington County sheriff's office says the plane went over an embankment at the end of the runway Monday afternoon at Twin Oaks Airport.

It wound up 30 feet short of the Tualatin River.

Neither the pilot nor the instructor was hurt. The sheriff's office says the plane was so heavily damaged it is considered a total loss.

The pilot was identified as 26-year-old Lars Ljungqvist of Gaston, on his first flight on a multi-engine airplane. The instructor was identified as 42-year-old Kathleen Mikitka of Hillsboro.

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