No injuries after wind gust downs plane in Murphy

A pilot practicing takeoffs and landings Friday morning at the Murphy airstrip had a hard landing after a gust of wind caused him to lose control.

The kit plane, a 2013 Just Aircraft Superstol, struck the ground between the paved airstrip and Idaho 77 at about 10:42 a.m. There was damage to the plane’s wings and propeller, but pilot Steven Henry, 58, was not injured, Owyhee County Sheriff Perry Grant said.

A number of pilots from Nampa fly to the Murphy airstrip to practice takeoffs and landings because of its light use. It takes 15 to 20 minutes to make the trip in the air and many of the pilots stop to eat, Grant said.

“It’s really windy here today,” Grant said.