Kerkoven Man Injured in Plane Crash 19 Oct 17

(KWLM/Willmar, MN)  A Kerkoven man was slightly injured when a small plane crashed in a field near the Willmar Airport Wednesday morning.   

KWLM reports Eric Rudningen was doing a flight check with a fellow pilot when the Cessna 150 reportedly lost power and crashed in a soybean field about an eighth-of-a-mile east of County Road 116 and flipped onto it’s top.  

The crash site is just east of the Willmar Wastewater Treatment Plant, and southwest of the Willmar Airport.  

Rudningen works for the airport’s fixed base operator Oasis Aero Inc, and his partner Paul Beck took him to Rice Memorial Hospital to be checked out for a bump on his head.  

The other pilot was not injured.  

Beck says the plane will remain in the field while the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board investigate.  

The crash happened at about 11 a.m.