Monday, July 3, 2017

pilot Mark Yaggie, Breckenridge, Minn. died after his North American T-28A Trojan vintage aircraft impacted cornfield terrain in Clay County west of Moorhead Municipal Airport (KJKJ), Moorhead, Minnesota

UPDATE: Pilot Dead After Plane Crash Near Moorhead
Initial reports indicate it is a single engine plane

July 3, 2017
Jessie Cohen

CLAY COUNTY, Minn. — The pilot of a small vintage plane is dead after crashing in a field near the Moorhead airport south of I–94.

Authorities were called about the crash just after 6 p.m.

The pilot was the only person in the plane.

When the fire department and Clay County authorities arrived on scene, fuel was leaking from the engine but was quickly stopped.

Authorities are unsure if the single engine plane had just taken off or was in mid–flight.

Officers on scene spoke to some witnesses and are now waiting for the FAA to take over the investigation.

“On arrival of everybody, they found that the plane had went down out on the cornfield, which kind of hindered the process of everybody getting out to the scene of the crash,” said Lt. Mark Empting, who is with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. “Right now, we are currently investigating it to see what happened. The FAA has been notified and they are on their way here as well.”

The investigation is ongoing.

This latest incident follows a fatal crop spraying plane crash last week near Gwinner.


Rescue crews are responding to reports of a plane crash east of Moorhead and just south of I-94 near the weigh station.

Initial reports indicate it is a single engine plane.

Injuries are not known at this time.

We have a crew heading out to the scene and will update you with more information as it becomes available.


MOORHEAD, MN - The pilot of a small plane that crashed by the Interstate 94 weigh station here not long after 6 p.m. Sunday, July 2, died at the scene, Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said Monday, July 3.

Bergquist identifed the pilot as Mark Yaggie, Breckenridge, Minn.

The plane went down in a field just west of the Moorhead airport on the south side of the interstate, Clay County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Josh Schroeder said.

A call came into the Red River Regional Dispatch Center at 6:05 p.m.

It was unknown if the two-seat private plane was trying to land at the time of the crash.

Schroeder said the single-engine plane appeared to be a vintage warbird-type aircraft.

The plane had one man on board, Schroeder said.

Witnesses said they saw a gurney behind an ambulance with a cover over the top, WDAY-TV reported.

First responders from several agencies were at the scene, including the Moorhead Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Department, Minnesota State Patrol and F-M Ambulance.

Authorities on the scene said there was fuel leaking from the plane, but it did not catch fire, WDAY reported.

Schroeder said investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration had taken over the crash investigation.


Type:Silhouette image of generic T28 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American T-28A Trojan
Owner/operator:Trojan Corp
Registration: N9103F
C/n / msn: 51-7606
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:West of Moorhead Municipal Airport (KJKJ), Moorhead, MN -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
The vintage aircraft impacted cornfield terrain in Clay County west of Moorhead Municipal Airport (KJKJ), Moorhead, Minnesota. The airplane sustained substantial damage and the sole pilot onboard received fatal injuries.