Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Air Tractor AT-400, N7300M: Accident occurred August 21, 2018 in Grand Forks, North Dakota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

Crashed due to unknown circumstances.

Ross Seed Company doing business as AgriMax

Date: 21-AUG-18

Time: 09:00:00Z
Regis#: N7300M
Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR
Aircraft Model: AT 400
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 137

GRAND FORKS - A small plane fell from the sky just north of Grand Forks on Tuesday.  

Forum News Service reporter, Kenneth Chase, was on scene moments after the crash.

He spoke with the man who found the wreckage and what he said the pilot was doing as he waited for help.

Around 8:30 on Tuesday morning, William Klava went to get his mail.

"Just a little ways down the road I could see something unusual in the field,” said William Klava, who lives nearby.

He had heard crop dusters earlier but feared the worst.

That's when he saw it: A downed plane in a nearby field.

"I called 911 and they said please stay there till someone shows up,” said Klava.

While he waited for emergency responders, he saw signs of life.

"I saw somebody's hand in the plane move. So I knew there was someone still in there,” said Klava.

Once emergency responders were on-scene, he says it took them 20 minutes to get the pilot out of the plane.

He was screaming in pain from his injuries.

"He was pretty badly banged up,” said Klava.

Ross Seed Company owns the plane.

They told WDAY News the pilot is at Altru with non-life threatening injuries.

They're not sure what caused the plane to crash and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

"To be crashed the way that plane was, I'd say he's lucky to be alive,” said Klava.

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Grand Forks, N.D. (Valley News Live) The Federal Aviation Administration confirms a plane went down early Tuesday near the intersection of Columbia Road and 70th Avenue North near Grand Forks.

Officials confirmed with Valley News Live that the plane crashed into a bean field around 9:00 a.m.

Authorities say the pilot was extricated from the plane and taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.

No further information was given about his health.

The plane is an AT 400 owned by Ross Seed Company.

This incident is still an ongoing investigation that's being done by the FAA.

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A pilot suffered non-life-threatening injuries after a small aircraft he was flying crashed into a field Tuesday morning near Grand Forks.

The Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies responded to a downed small aircraft near Columbia Road and 70th Avenue North, about 3 miles north of Grand Forks.

The aircraft, which appeared to be an aerial applicator, crashed into a field along North Columbia Road, east of the interchange at Interstate 29 and North Washington Street around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday.

The blue and yellow plane, which landed near a ditch along the side of the field, sustained damage mostly to the front of the aircraft.

The pilot was taken to Altru Hospital via ambulance.

AgriMax owns the plane, AgriMax partner Steve Ross confirmed to the Herald Tuesday. He also confirmed the pilot suffered non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash.

Ross said the cause of the crash is not known at this time.

AgriMax has offices in North Dakota and Minnesota, including Fisher, Minn., and Grafton, N.D.

Further details about the plane and the crash were not available. The name of the pilot was also not available Tuesday evening.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash, according to FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory. Cory said crash investigations can take several weeks or more than a month to complete and could not comment further on the crash.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol and emergency agencies from Manvel, N.D., also responded to the incident. The NDHP referred all comments about the crash to the FAA as it was an aviation crash. 

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