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UPDATE: Omaha pilot identified in nosedive crash in West Fargo

It took over 40 minutes to safely extract the pilot from the plane.
Published: Aug. 10, 2021 at 4:44 PM CDT
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WEST FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE: Officials have identified the pilot in Tuesday’s plane crash as Jeffery Kloster of Omaha, NE.

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A pilot suffered serious injuries after crashing his single-engine aircraft in a soybean field in West Fargo.

It happened Tuesday just before 4:00 p.m., on 12th Avenue NW, or near 12th Ave. NW and 26th St. NW. The aircraft had just left the area of the West Fargo Airport, but city leaders say the pilot was not local out of the West Fargo Municipal Airport.

First responders on the scene told our crew the pilot, who is in his 60s, has been taken to the hospital with significant injuries and extensive damage to his legs. The West Fargo Fire Department extracted the pilot with the assistance of the West Fargo Municipal airport staff. Our reporter on scene said it took more than 40 minutes to safely extract the pilot from the plane.

The incident remains under investigation by the FAA. Other assisting agencies include the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, West Fargo Police Department, West Fargo Rural Fire Department, and FM Ambulance.

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