UPDATE (7:11): John Goerger from Barney has been identified as the pilot in the deadly crash near Gwinner, North Dakota.
UPDATE (2:00): At 7:41 Thursday morning a 2010 Air Tractor 602 agricultural spray plane crashed in a bean field 1,500 feet south of Highway 13, just nine miles west of Gwinner.
The pilot, an adult male from Barney died in the crash. The plane took off from the Lisbon airport and crashed a short time later. Fog was present at the time of the crash.
The crash is still under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.
ORIGINAL: Travis Paeper with the Sargent County Sheriff's Department has confirmed that a man is dead after a plane crashed 8 miles west of Gwinner, ND.
Paeper says the crash happened around 8 Thursday morning. An area farmer witnessed the crash.
The plane that went down was an Air Tractor 602.
Police say the dense fog may have been a factor of the crash. The man's identity is being withheld until family is notified.
Air Tractor AT-602
|Owner/operator:||Wilbur Ellis Co|
|C/n / msn:||602-1183|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:||Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||8 miles west of Gwinner, Sargent County, SD - United States of America|
|Phase:||Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)|
|Departure airport:||Lisbon Muni (6L3)|
|Lisbon Muni (6L3)|
The aircraft impacted farm field terrain during an aerial application flight west of Gwinner, North Dakota. The airplane was destroyed. The sole pilot on-board was fatally injured. He was employed for 11 years in this company.
Weather may have been a factor to the incident. Fog was present at the time of the crash.