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Crash kills one in Parkers [UPDATED]

Published 10:56am Thursday, February 21, 2013 Updated 4:43pm Thursday, February 21, 2013

A single-engine propeller plane crashed Wednesday evening at 59196 County Highway 40 north of Parkers Prairie, killing the pilot.

The small aircraft was badly damaged in the crash. The pilot, a 41-year-old male from the Ottertail area, sustained extensive trauma and did not survive the impact. There were no other occupants in the plane.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a downed aircraft in the area. The homeowner at the address reported having found debris in his driveway after hearing a loud noise associated with the crash. He then located the damaged aircraft on his property and notified authorities.

The Parkers Prairie Fire Department, Parkers Ambulance Service, State Patrol, Henning Police Department, Parkers Prairie Police Department, and Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the incident.

There was no report on what may have caused the crash, and it remains under investigation by the NTSB and FAA.

The pilot’s name is being withheld pending notification of the family.

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