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Plane crash at Larimore, N.D., remains under investigation

Pilot Todd Yahna was hospitalized for leg injuries, and Paul Mutch was treated at the scene for scrapes and lacerations, according to a report from the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office.

A 1976 Piper Super Cub with heavy damage to the right wing and the cockpit rests nose down in a shelterbelt just south of the Larimore airport following a crash Saturday. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
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A plane crash that occurred over the weekend remains under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Two men were injured after their plane crashed near Larimore, N.D., on Saturday, July 24.

Pilot Todd Yahna was transported by private vehicle to Altru and later to Sanford in Fargo for an injured knee, and Paul Mutch was treated at the scene for scrapes and lacerations, according to a report from the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office.

The report states that deputies were dispatched to the Larimore Airport at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday for a report of suspicious activity. The reporting party told deputies that she heard a plane taking off and then about two minutes later thought she heard a crash. She could not see any smoke or flames.

Deputies did not report seeing any signs of a crash, but they did find an open hangar with no plane in it and two pickup trucks parked outside. Deputies found that the trucks belonged to Yahna and Mutch. A responding paramedic was able to give deputies Yahna's phone number, according to the report.


Deputies called the number, and Yahna picked up and told them he was involved in a plane crash. He identified his location as in the tree line south of County Road 4.

When deputies approached the location, they saw Mutch come out of the tree line, and deputies requested medical and fire crews. Deputies began rendering aid to the two men while they waited, the report states.

The deputies also noted a yellow 1976 Piper Super Cub resting in the trees, nose down, with heavy damage to the right wing and the cockpit.

Yahna later told deputies they were taking off to go to the Fly In Breakfast in Northwood, but when they took off they felt the plane failing to gain altitude. The plane began to bank left, and he was unable to get the plane leveled or gain enough speed to clear the trees.

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