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Pilot seriously hurt in plane crash near Paynesville

The pilot of this experimental plane was seriously injured when the plane crashed Saturday afternoon in a field near the Paynesville Airport in central Minnesota. Submitted photo

PAYNESVILLE, Minn. — A pilot was seriously injured when his small, experimental plane crashed Saturday afternoon in a field near the Paynesville Airport.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, Michael Jude, 71, of St. Cloud was flying from the Clear Lake Airport to the Paynesville Airport when the engine of his fixed-wing single engine plane began to overheat.

Jude attempted to land but then aborted the landing.

As he was coming back around to land, Jude experienced engine failure and attempted to land in a corn stubble field about one-half mile southwest of the end of the runway.

The plane landed hard, damaging the wings and collapsing the landing gear, according to the sheriff's report.

When the Paynesville Police and Stearns County Sheriff's Office arrived about 2:44 p.m., they found Jude standing outside his crashed airplane with "significant injuries."

He was initially taken to the Paynesville Hospital and later transported to the St Cloud Hospital for further treatment.

The Paynesville Fire and Rescue and Paynesville Ambulance also responded.

The plane is classified as a fixed-wing single engine amateur built experimental plane that was built in 2009.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and is investigating the crash.

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