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Pilot walks away from ultra light crash

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A Sebeka pilot emerged safely after the ultra light powered, parachute-type aircraft he was flying Wednesday crashed in an open field southwest of Park Rapids.

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According to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, Rickie Brunner, 53, crash-landed at about 6:20 p.m. in an open field near 135th Avenue, approximately four miles southwest of Park Rapids in Straight River Township.

Brunner told officers he was flying from Menahga to Park Rapids and returning to Sebeka when he began to lose power to the aircraft. Brunner said the motor "seized up" approximately 20 feet above ground causing the crash landing at approximately 30 mph.

Brunner was transported to St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids and treated for minor injuries.

"Although this type of aircraft does not need to be licensed, the incident was reported to the Federal Aviation Administration as the investigation continues," said chief deputy Frank Homer.

Responding to the call were the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, Park Rapids Police Department, North Ambulance, Park Rapids Fire Department and Hubbard First Responders.

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