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Airplane Crash Kills One; Injures Another

By KBJR News 1

Airplane Crash Kills One; Injures Another

August 28, 2012 Updated Aug 28, 2012 at 1:25 PM CDT

Bemidji, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- One man is dead and another in the hospital following a fatal place crash at an air base near Bemidji, MN.

According to authorities, on Monday, August 27th at 7:15pm, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene of an airplane crash at the Moberg Seaplane Air Base located west of Bemidji off of 15th Street.

When authorities arrived on the scene, they found an ultra-light airplane that had crashed onto the grass landing strip. The pilot of the airplane, 49 year old Jay Russell Davis of Bemidji was pronounced dead at the scene.

The passenger of the plane at the time of the crash, 56 year old Paul Jerome Wannarka of Bemidji, was airlifted to a hospital in Fargo, ND for his injuries.

Witnesses say that Davis was an experienced ultra-light pilot and had been giving rides earlier that evening to about three or four other ultra-light enthusiasts.

Witnesses say the plane was banking through a turn, apparently preparing to land at the grass strip when the wing struck the ground causing the plane to crash.

This aircraft is described as a “tricycle” style plane with seating for the pilot and one passenger position behind the pilot.

Both the pilot and passenger were strapped into their seats at the time of the crash.

Bemidji Police, Minnesota State Patrol Troopers, Bemidji Fire Department, Bemidji Ambulance and Beltrami County First Responders assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene and with the investigation.

The Federal Aviation Administration is also assisting with the investigation of this plane crash.

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