Pilot in Fargo Plane Crash Dies
On Thursday, December 1, a Fargo plane crash resulted in the death of the 55-year-old pilot. According to the initial reports from the captain of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the pilot was the only person on the 1973 Cessna 340 plane when it went down near Cass County Roads 14 and 16. Both roads were initially closed, but re-opened, and authorities were asking individuals to avoid traveling them to prevent any issues with the investigation.
The plane belonged to Weather Modification Incorporated in Fargo. Reports from a flight tracking website showed that the plane left Fargo just after 2:00 and was set to return to Hector International Airport at roughly 3:30. The flight path shows that the plane was traveling at over 170 miles per hour when it suddenly lost altitude.
Officials reported that the pilot did have communication with the air traffic control tower when it encountered an in-flight emergency. The pilot was going to attempt to land the plane.
The crash occurred just 10 miles south of the Hector International Airport in a wooded area along the Wild Rice River. It was engulfed in flames and discovered in pieces.
The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
Our condolences go out to the family of the pilot who was killed as a result of this crash.