DUNN CENTER, N.D. — A Fargo pilot was killed Saturday, Nov. 7, in an airplane crash in rural Dunn County, 8 miles southeast of Dunn Center.

The pilot, Christopher Russel Hans, 43, took off in the dark shortly before 7:30 p.m. MST from a private runway in a heavy fog and moments later crashed into the side of an adjacent hill. The pilot was declared dead at the scene.

Recovery and salvage operations are expected to continue throughout the day Sunday and this week as multiple agencies secure the scene.

Parts of the small Piper Pacer aircraft will be examined by investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board to determine if the accident can be attributed to pilot error or aircraft performance.

Dunn Center is about 40 miles north of Dickinson.