A plane crashed into a field after striking a power line in rural Logan County 10 miles southwest of the city of Napoleon.
A crop sprayer flown by an employee of Mattern Spray Service crashed when the right wing struck the top of a power pole. The plane lost control and crashed into a field on a nearby farmstead. The wreckage was scattered throughout a quarter-mile area.
“If the plane traversed another 20 feet in its path of destruction it would have entered a slough and the pilot could have drowned. Conversely, if the plane did not veer in the direction it did it could have struck a house,” said Logan County Emergency Manager Daniel Schwartz. “The pilot is lucky to be alive.”
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the wreckage to the owner and cleared KEM Electric to begin power line repair. The N.D. Dept. of Health is investigating the crash as it resulted in the release of jet fuel into the environment.
The pilot was air-lifted to Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck. His condition is not available.