Russian fighter jet crashes in Eden Prairie

Categories: Transportation
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A vintage Russian fighter jet crashed at Flying Cloud Airport Thursday.
The pilot of the vintage MiG-21 is reportedly okay after his plane's crash landing into Flying Cloud Airport around 10 a.m. Thursday.

Eden Prairie spokeswoman Katie Beal said the pilot, who hasn't been identified, came into the landing too fast because the parachute used to land collapsed. The plane went past the runway, through a fence, and finally came to a stop near Flying Cloud Drive.

The pilot was reportedly flying the jet into town for the this weekend's 2012 Wings of the North AirExpo at Flying Cloud Airport.

According to Pat Hogan, spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, the airport is closed because the collapsed parachute is still on the airfield. City Officials also said Flying Cloud Drive is closed between Pioneer Trail and Charlson Road.

The pilot was treated at the scene and had minor injuries. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

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