UPDATE: Single-engine plane crashes in Vermilion County; pilot hurt

UPDATE: Single-engine plane crashes in Vermilion County; pilot hurt

BISMARCK — A pilot was injured in a small plane crash Friday evening north of the Vermilion Regional Airport.

Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said the crash occurred around 6:30 p.m., about 2 miles north of the Vermilion Regional Airport and 2 miles east of Bowman Avenue, near Bismarck.

It involved a single-engine plane with a single occupant, the pilot, who was injured and airlifted to a local hospital, according to Hartshorn and Ted Fisher, director of the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency.

Hartshorn said Federal Aviation Administration officials were at the airport for the Balloons Over Vermilion festival, and the sheriff's department rushed them to the scene.

Sheriff's department and FAA officials were still at the scene of the crash at 10 p.m. Friday investigating. Hartshorn said he did not know if the plane had taken off from the Vermilion Regional Airport or was heading there.

The plane is believed to be a crop duster, Fisher said.

Warm, wet weather this year has had crop dusters busy applying fungicide to fields.

The crash apparently did not affect the Balloons Over Vermilion festival at the airport, as some visitors there were unaware of the situation and planes were taking off as usual.

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