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The Cessna that crashed just off the Park Rapids runway sits nose down in an adjacent field. (Sarah Smith/Enterprise)

UND: Saturday crash in Park Rapids was 'rare'

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The crash of a UND aircraft in Park Rapids, Minn., Saturday was an accident that university officials are stressing is relatively rare.

Over the past 10 years, the aerospace program has averaged 2.2 accidents per 100,000 hours of flight time, Flight Operations Director Al Palmer said.

The average for general aviation as a whole, he said, is about six or seven per 100,000 hours.

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