Two Injured in Ultralight Plane Crash in Hector 07 Aug 17

(Hector, MN) A pilot and passenger were injured when the ultralight airplane they were in crashed on takeoff yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.

At about 3:45 PM, the Renville County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an airplane crash at the Hector Municipal Airport. 

The preliminary crash investigation revealed a 2011 fixed wing single engine Ultralight aircraft, flown by 75-year-old Gary Bipes, was attempting to take off at the Hector Municipal Airport. When the aircraft was about 15-20 feet in the air, it stalled and nose-dived into the ground. 

52-year-old Eduardo Aguas-Fuentes was a passenger on the aircraft at the time of the accident.  He suffered serious injuries and was flown to North Memorial Medical Center for treatment.

Bipes was taken to Renville County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The crash is under investigation.