Richard Bach, the author of the 1970s best-selling novella "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" among other spiritually oriented books rooted in themes of flight and self-discovery, was in serious condition on Saturday after his small plane crashed.
The SeaRey single-engine amphibian aircraft clipped power lines on Friday at 4:30 pm about three miles (5 kilometers) west of Friday Harbor Airport, according to Ian Gregor, a public affairs manager for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Bach's son, James Bach, told The Associated Press that his father was on his way to visit a friend on San Juan Island when the plane went down.
James Bach said his 76-year-old father, who was flying alone, suffered a head injury and broken shoulder. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center, and later Saturday his son told the AP that the author's condition was improving.
Bach has been a pilot for his adult life, often touching on his experience in the cockpit of his beloved plane in his writings. Besides "Seagull," his other popular works include "Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah," a mystical story of a Midwestern barnstorming pilot's quest for self-discovery.
He often links the practice of flying to themes of a deeper spiritual quest.