Dakota Datebook: First plane fatality


August 21, 2023

North Dakota's earliest recorded airplane fatality occurred in August in 1919, when a small plane went down near Sutton.

Piloted by Lieutenant Edward Axberg of Enderlin, the plane was flying at 1200 feet before crashing into a field. Axberg and his friend, nineteen-year-old Brian Karr from Jamestown, had spent the afternoon performing stunts, but when they attempted a tail-spin, Axberg was u...

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