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Plane crashes near Fargo airport; no one injured

An unidentified passenger took this photo of a jet after it crashed Friday, Nov. 30, in Fargo. Special to Forum News Service

FARGO — No one was hurt when a plane veered off a runway at Hector International Airport and crashed at the north end of the airfield just before 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, an airport official said.

Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Fargo's Municipal Airport Authority, said it appeared the plane, a Cessna Citation II, had been in the process of landing on the airport's primary runway when the small jet veered off the runway before coming to a stop.

Dobberstein said he did not know how many people were aboard the plane, but he said everyone was safe after the incident and those who had been on the plane waited at the nearby Jet Center, 3802 20th St. N., for transportation.

He said the plane, which had flown from Williston, suffered significant damage and will remain at the crash site until federal investigators arrive.

At least two fire trucks, a handful of police vehicles and an ambulance responded to the crash site, according to a WDAY-TV reporter at the scene.

Federal Aviation Administration records indicate that based on the plane's "N" number it is registered to Slice of the 406 LLC, of Helena, Mont.

The Montana Secretary of State's website lists the registered agent of Slice of the 406 as Deer Creek Corporate Services Inc., of Helena, which describes itself on its company website as a registered agent and legal services company.

A woman who answered the phone at Deer Creek Services said she could release no information.

A plane that made a crash landing in a field near Moorhead's municipal airport on Nov. 23, 2016, was also registered to Slice of the 406 LLC.

In that incident, the plane involved was a Beech King Air 200 that suffered substantial damage when it hit the ground during a missed approach at night.

According to the FAA's final report on the Moorhead incident, the airplane was operated by Flight Development LLC, an air taxi company.

The report stated the probable cause of the Moorhead crash was pilot failure to attain a positive climb rate during an attempted missed approach at night, "which resulted in a controlled flight into terrain."

The pilot in that crash suffered injuries to his face as did one of six passengers on the flight, the report regarding the 2016 crash said.

An earlier version of this story had the incorrect location of the crash. The crash happened at Hector International Airport.

Dave Olson
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