Pilot hurt when small plane crashes at Iron Range airport

Published 10:00 am Thursday, September 1, 2016

HIBBING — A pilot has suffered minor injuries after his single-engine airplane crashed at Range Regional Airport in Hibbing.

The reports the plane crashed at about 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Airport manager Shaun Germolus says the plane was landing when the wind apparently knocked a wing to the side, damaging the engine and one wing.

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Bryan Fagerstrom with the Hibbing Fire Department says the plane did not catch fire, but it did leak fuel. The airport’s fire truck applied a blanket of foam to prevent the fuels from igniting.

Germolus says the pilot, who was the only person aboard, suffered facial injuries which didn’t seem severe. He was flown to a Duluth hospital.

The pilot is from Side Lake and keeps his plane at the airport.