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Plane crashes near Casselton airport

Plane crash

CASSELTON, N.D. -- A man has been hospitalized after crashing his crop duster this afternoon near the Casselton Regional Airport, the state Highway Patrol said.

The pilot was described as a 70-year-old man but the patrol did not release other identifying details or the extent of the injury.

The plane, a Piper PA-25 Pawnee, was flying north about a mile south of the airport when it struck a power line and crashed.

Airport Manager Bob Miller said the pilot was headed back to the airport when a part of his aircraft got tangled in the lines. He said it appears there was significant damage to the aircraft.

Asked if the power line had ever caused problems before, he said he’d never heard it was a problem before. “I don’t think we’ve ever had an incident here in Casselton of any sort before,” Miller said.

Miller said the pilot is very experienced and he believe the man was able to walk away from the crash.

The patrol said an ambulance took the pilot to Sanford hospital in Fargo.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.