Thu, Sep 17, 2009
University Of North Dakota Student Went Down On Departure From
A University of North Dakota student who is also an Air
China employee sustained minor injuries Saturday when the Cessna
172 he was piloting on a routine cross country flight went down
shortly after takeoff from Park Rapids Municipal Airport in
Minnesota. The airplane, owned by the University of North Dakota
was "substantially damaged" in the incident.
The Morris, Minnesota Sun Tribune reports that UND Spokesman
Peter Johnson said Li Yang was attempting to take off about 2200
Saturday from Park Rapids when his airplane went down between 100
and 150 yards from the end of the runway. Johnson said in a news
release that the airplane sustained "substantial damage", and that
weather did not appear to be a factor in the incident.
Yang was treated for minor injuries and flown back to Grand
Forks, North Dakota. The director of safety for UND's aviation
school said the incident would be investigated.
Yang is one of several Air China employees studying aviation at
UND. Johnson said Yang was on a "routine solo cross-country flight"
which is part of the schools aviation curriculum. Johnson described
UND's aviation school as having a "stellar safety program."
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