Plane Crashes Near Hibbing

Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 8:08 am

A small plane crashed near Hibbing Friday afternoon after smoke filled the cockpit, forcing an emergency landing.

According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department, two people were aboard an experimental aircraft on a pleasure cruise when smoke starting filling the plane.

The pilot attempted to land in a field after being about 600 feet above ground. Sgt. Pat McKenzie with the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Dept. told WDIO that barbed wire in the field flipped the plane when it landed, but that didn’t contribute to the only minor injuries suffered by the passenger.

The passenger apparently fell to the floor, upside down, after unbuckling his seatbelt. The pilot was not injured.

The crash happened about 10 miles east of Hibbing on Highway 37. A possible oil line could be to blame. The Federal Aviation Association is conduction an investigation.

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