Author Richard Bach Faces Tough Crash Recovery

Richard Bach, Flying alumnus and author of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" among other aviation-themed books, was seriously injured after crashing in his single-engine SeaRey amphibian on Friday near Friday Harbor, Washington, according to news reports.

Bach’s son James Marcus Bach wrote in a blog that his father “hit a power line while landing at a small grass field on San Juan Island.” James’ blog also discussed his father’s focus on risk management. “His risk taking is characterized by plans and backup plans,” he said. “He is a safety-obsessed pilot.”

James told the Associated Press that his father had suffered injuries to his shoulder and head, and that his condition was considered serious, but that he was improving. James tweeted on Tuesday, "Well folks, it's going to be a long haul with dad. I thought he was lucid, but he's really not."

Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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