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Airplane crash in Longville results in minor injuries

An airplane crashed at 12:53 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Longville Municipal Airport, according to the Cass County's Sheriff's Department, resulting in non life-threatening injuries.

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An airplane crashed at 12:53 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Longville Municipal Airport, according to the Cass County's Sheriff's Department, resulting in non life-threatening injuries.

Longville Fire Chief John Welk said the airplane was fully engulfed in fire, but the pilot, his passenger and their dog were already outside of the aircraft when the fire department arrived.

“Both were alert and responsive at the time. The plane was a total loss. The fire department was out there for a pretty long time trying to get it out with the avgas,” said Christina Herheim, Longville clerk/treasurer and airport manager.

“The woman had two non life-threatening injuries and the male appeared to be fine and standing up. We proceeded to put out the fire and block off the area and call the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration),” Welk said.

An ambulance, housed at the municipal airport, responded quickly and transported them to Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.

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The pilot and passenger, whose names were not released, are from Denison, Iowa. The airport was closed for cleanup and investigation, but was to reopen.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Longville police, Longville Ambulance and Longville Fire Department responded to the scene. The plane crash investigation was turned over to the FAA.

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Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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