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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Pilot dies when plane crashes in N.D. field

  • FORTUNA, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a Crosby man died when his single engine plane crashed in a field shortly after takeoff over the weekend.


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  • FORTUNA, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a Crosby man died when his single engine plane crashed in a field shortly after takeoff over the weekend.
    The Williston Herald reports that the 1974 fixed-wing single-engine plane crashed 13 miles southeast of Fortuna in Divide County shortly before 2 p.m.
    The N.D. Highway Patrol says pilot Clinton Hay of Crosby died at the scene. He had been flying from Crosby to the Fortuna area to check on a work site.
    Witnesses told authorities that the plane started to gain altitude when the engine began to sputter. It then fell into a rapid descent and crashed nose first.
    The cause of the crash was not immediately known. The Federal Aviation Administra-tion is investigating.

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