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UPDATE: Ultra-light crash in New Richmond injures pilot

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UPDATE: Ultra-light crash in New Richmond injures pilot
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

One man is hospitalized following an ultra-light crash at New Richmond Regional Airport Thursday morning, Sept. 13.

The New Richmond Police Department, New Richmond Fire and Rescue and New Richmond EMS, along with the St. Croix County Sheriff's office, were dispatched to the shore of Hatfield Lake at about 10 a.m. Thursday.

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According to Airport Manager Mike Demulling, it appears an ultra-light was attempting to take off from the airport when it failed to gain enough power and crashed into the brush along the shore of the lake.

The pilot, Gene Jensen of Hudson, was injured in the crash. He was taken to Regions Hospital in the Twin Cities for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration investigators were expected to arrive in New Richmond before noon to investigate the crash. No other information was available.

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