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A university-owned Cessna sits off the runway at the Park Rapids Municipal Airport after a crash Saturday evening. The pilot received minor injuries. To the right are tracks from the plane's bumpy journey off the runway. (Sarah Smith/Enterprise)

UND pilot injured in crash near Park Rapids

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A University of North Dakota student was slightly injured in a crash while piloting a small airplane owned by UND on Saturday night near Park Rapids, Minn.

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According to UND spokesman Peter Johnson, Li Yang, a China Air employee studying at UND's aerospace school, was attempting to take off in a Cessna 172 about 10 p.m. Saturday from the airport at Park Rapids when the plane went down 100 to 150 yards from the runway.

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