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Plane in field near Paynesville Airport

(Paynesville MN-) A small plane crash landed near the Paynesville Airport Saturday afternoon, and the pilot was injured. The Stearns County Sheriff's Department says 71-year-old Michael Jude of St. Cloud flew his single engine experimental airplane from Clear Lake to Paynesville when his engine began to overheat. Around 2:44 p.m. he tried to land at the Paynesville Airport but aborted the landing. As he was circling around to attempt another landing, his engine failed and he made a rough landing in a corn stubble field half a mile from the southwest end of the runway. The wings collapsed and the landing gear was damaged on impact. Jude was able to get out of the cockpit, and was standing outside the plane when rescue crews arrived. He was taken to the Paynesville Hospital and later transferred to St. Cloud with "significant injuries." The plane is classified as a single wing experimental amateur built airport built in 2009. The FAA is investigating the crash. Responding to the scene were the Stearns County Sheriff's Department, Paynesville Police and ambulance.