It's now been confirmed that celebrated author and longtime flying enthusiast Richard Bach was seriously injured when his SeaRey amphib clipped power lines and went down short of a runway on San Juan Island northwest of Seattle on Friday. His son James told The Associated Press his father's condition is improving. He has a broken shoulder and head injuries. Bach, whose short novel about a seagull's love of flight was considered a metaphor for Bach's own passion for the air, was a massive best seller and after Jonathan Livingston Seagull he penned dozens of books, many of which had an aviation theme. The 76-year-old Bach, who was interviewed by AVweb's Mary Grady in 2011, is an accomplished pilot who also started a blog that often mentions aviation.
Details of the crash are sketchy but there are reports the landing gear of the aircraft snagged a power line on final for a private strip on the island. Bach began flying when he was 17 and flew F-84s for the Air Force as a reservist. He held a variety of jobs before the 1972 success of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and was also a barnstormer.