MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 71-year-old man was hospitalized after his experimental airplane crashed in central Minnesota Saturday afternoon.
The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office said Michael Jude, of St. Cloud, received significant injuries when his plane crashed near the Paynesville Airport around 2:45 p.m.READ MORE: Group Of 20-30 Robbers Swarm Burnsville Best Buy On Black Friday
Jude was taken to a local hospital before being transported to a St. Cloud hospital for further treatment. The hospital said Jude was in fair condition Saturday night.READ MORE: Sophie's Squad Raising Mental Health Awareness For Youth Athletes In Minnesota
Jude told police he was flying from the Clear Lake airport when his engine began to overheat. He was attempting to land when his engine failed. The wings and landing gear were damaged in the ensuing crash.
The sheriff’s office said the plane was an “amateur built experimental plane built in 2009.”MORE NEWS: Family Of 5 Without Home After House Burns Down On Thanksgiving
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.