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FAA, police investigating after laser pointed at NDHP aircraft

FARGO, N.D.  (KVRR) – The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a laser was pointed at a North Dakota Highway Patrol airplane Saturday night. Highway Patrol Captain Bryan Niewind says the incident happened while the airplane was conducting a speeding surveillance operation with local law enforcement over Fargo and West Fargo. Niewind says after the pilot determined where the laser…

Pilot of small plane that crashed in Minnesota dies

HUTCHINSON, Minn. – One of two people injured in a small plane crash in McLeod County earlier this week has died. Authorities say Richard Jolkovsky died from injuries caused by a single-engine plane crash south of Hutchinson.  The 61-year-old Avon man was piloting the plane. A 24-year-old passenger remains hospitalized in stable condition. The plane had taken off from Flying Cloud…

Former South Dakota air force station on market for $4.5 million

(USAF photo)GETTYSBURG, S.D. – A former Air Force station in north central South Dakota is on the market for $4.5 million. While the 42-acre base is no longer active, the Federal Aviation Administration continues to operate a radar site on the property near Gettysburg. The retired businessman from California who owns the property, Lev Goukassian, purchased the property in 2007….

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…