Richard Bach, author of the inspirational 1970s bestselling novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull, has been severely injured in a plane crash, his son James has revealed.
Bach, 76, was piloting his own plane to San Juan Island off the coast of Washington State to visit a friend when the small amphibian aircraft's landing gear clipped an electric power line causing the plane to crash on Friday afternoon. Bach was airlifted to a hospital in nearby Seattle, where he is in serious condition and is being treated for head trauma and a broken shoulder.
Bach has been an avid plane enthusiast for most of his life, which perhaps inspired him to write his classic fable about a bored seagull who searches for the meaning of life. Jonathan Livingston Seagull was an immediate bestseller when first published in 1970, going on to sell over three million copies and inspiring a popular movie of the same name.
The novella was possibly inspired by another classic fable The Little Prince written by French WWII pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who died when the airplane he was piloting disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea during a reconnaissance mission in 1944.
Fans and friends of the author have expressed their support for Bach on his official website.