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Justice Dept. to prioritize prosecuting violence on flights

Hector International AirportWASHINGTON – Attorney General Merrick Garland is directing U.S. attorneys across the nation to swiftly prioritize prosecution of federal crimes that happen on commercial flights. The directive comes as federal officials face a historic number of investigations into passenger behavior.  The Federal Aviation Administration said earlier this month that it had launched 950 investigations into passenger behavior on flights…

Update: UND’s aerospace school halts flights after student dies in crash

BUXTON, N.D. – The University of North Dakota’s aerospace school has cancelled all flight activities after a student pilot from Chicago died in an airplane crash. The University of North Dakota plane went down about 8:30 p.m. Monday in a field near the Traill County community of Buxton, in northeastern North Dakota. UND identified the victim as 19-year-old John Hauser,…

First responders train for airport disaster during simulation

The training exercise is conducted every three years to meet FAA requirement.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — First responders test their skills with hands-on airport disaster rescue simulation training. “We’re having an exercise that’s simulating an airplane crash at the airport. We’ve got a total of 60 victims on the airplane,” Hector International Airport Fire Chief David Bush said. To help those actors playing victims, a total of 15 first responder agencies throughout…

Fargo City Commissioner Floats Idea of Doing Away With Airport Authority

The fate of the Authority could be decided next week in executive session

FARGO, N.D. — After a walkout because the Municipal Airport Authority voted to reject the City of Fargo’s memorandum, the city moves to decide the fate of the board. “They decided not to sign that, and so they want to do all their human resources, payroll, computer technology all those things independently,” Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn said. The Airport…

Crop Dusting Pilot Makes Emergency Landing

The left wing of the aircraft clipped the telephone pole, also damaging the plane.

LIDGERWOOD, N.D. (AP) _ The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a crop dusting pilot made an emergency landing in Richland County and damaged a telephone pole. The patrol says the FAA is investigating the incident which happened about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The pilot, identified as Danny Thompson, of Wyndmere, was not hurt when he put the plane down about 8…

FAA Officials Visit UND As Senator Hoeven Pushes Air Traffic Control Hiring Reform Bill

Hoeven also announced that a new Unmanned Aerial Systems Super Corridor is coming to the Red River Valley

GRAND FORKS, ND — Top officials from the Federal Aviation Administration are at UND in Grand Forks to talk about reforming the air traffic control hiring process. Senator John Hoeven recently introduced his bipartisan ATC Hiring Reform Act of 2019. It would enable the FAA to prioritize the hiring of veterans and graduates of FAA certified schools, like UND. The schools…

Victims ID’d In Mandan Plane Crash

The first responders are Todd Lasky, pilot, age 48 of Bismarck, Bonnie Cook, NICU nurse, age 63 of Bismarck and Chris Iverson, paramedic, age 47 of Mandan.

MANDAN, ND — The Morton County Sheriff’s office released the names of the first responders killed in a Metro Area plane crash northwest of Mandan. All three died when their plane went down on November 18, 2018. The first responders are Todd Lasky, pilot, age 48 of Bismarck, Bonnie Cook, NICU nurse, age 63 of Bismarck and Chris Iverson, paramedic,…

Pilot Hurt In Grand Forks Plane Crash

It happened about 3 miles north of the city.

GRAND FORKS, ND (KFGO) – The pilot of a small dusting plane was hurt when he crashed into a soybean field near Grand Forks Tues. It happened about 3 miles north of the city. A woman who was walking her dog called 911 shortly after 8:30 a.m. The sheriff’s office says the pilot was conscious when he was pulled from…

First Test In Drone Integration Pilot Program Conducted In Fargo

The Pilot Program Will help the FAA create new regulations

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota’s UAS Integration Pilot Program completes its first test in Fargo. The North Dakota Department of Transportation and Northern Plains UAS Test Site performed its first series of flight tests of drones for potential flight over a group of people in a controlled airspace. This pilot program is designed to help the FAA create new regulations…

Large UAS Allowed To Fly Without Chase Plane At Grand Sky

The two-year FAA authorization allows the drone flights within 30 miles of the technology park

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The FAA has approved the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in Grand Forks to fly large unmanned aircraft systems beyond visual line of sight without a chase plane, a major milestone in the test site’s history. The two-year FAA authorization allows the drone flights within 30 miles of the technology park. U.S. Secretary of the Air…