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Investigation shows that deadly UND plane crash was caused by a goose

BISMARCK, N.D. - The National Transportation Safety Board says a bird strike caused the crash of a University of North Dakota airplane that killed two people last year.

BISMARCK, N.D. - The National Transportation Safety Board says a bird strike caused the crash of a University of North Dakota airplane that killed two people last year.

Twenty-year-old student Adam Ostapenko of Duluth, Minn., and 22-year-old instructor Annette Klosterman of Seattle died when the twin-engine Piper Seminole crashed in a swampy area in central Minnesota on Oct. 23, 2007.

The two were on a routine training flight from St. Paul, Minn., to Grand Forks.

The NTSB's probable cause report, dated Sunday, says the airplane hit at least one Canada goose. The NTSB says the collision "caused the airplane to be uncontrollable."

NTSB says the night flight contributed to the crash because the pilots could not have seen the goose.

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