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Son says health of writer Richard Bach improving

SEATTLE -- Best-selling author Richard Bach remained in serious condition Sunday, recovering from injuries suffered when his small plane clipped power lines and crashed. But his son said his father is making marked improvements.

Bach suffered a head injury and broken shoulder after his single-engine aircraft clipped power lines Friday afternoon about 3 miles (5 kilometers) west of Friday Harbor Airport in Washington state.

He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where a nursing supervisor on Sunday said Bach remained in serious condition.

Bach's son, James Bach, said Sunday morning that his 76-year-old father hasn't been able to say anything because he has a tube down his throat, but he is responding to doctors and people around him, and he has good cognitive function.

“He clearly is lucid and that's the most important thing with the head injury, that he's got his mind,” James Bach told The Associated Press. “We think it's a big improvement from yesterday and we're hoping that this recovery will continue to be swift. We're happy there are no complications.”

He said he didn't know how long his father would remain in the hospital.

The elder Bach, an avid pilot, was flying alone on his way to visit a friend on San Juan Island when the plane went down Friday.

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