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Monday, September 3, 2012

Jonathan Livingston Seagull crashes

Jonathan Livingston Seagull author Richard Bach crashes plane

The BBC reports that US author of 1970s short novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull has been seriously injured in a plane crash.

Richard Bach was reportedly trying to land his small plane on San Juan island in Washington state when he hit power lines and got trapped in the cockpit.

Local media reported that a group of holidaymakers had to cut him free.

His son, James, said his father was flying alone and suffered a head injury and broken shoulder. Bach, 76, is known to be a keen aviator.

"Right now we're waiting for the sedation to wear off, for him to fully wake up," James Bach told the Associated Press news agency.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull, published in 1970, is a fable telling the spiritual story of a bird, part of a genre that included the eco-message mega-seller about rabbits, Watership Down.

The book, a bestseller made into a film in 1973, with songs by Neil Diamond, gave Bach a loyal following.

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