Daylight reveals devastation of plane crash

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Daylight is revealing the devastation of a plane crash that happened Thursday night. Debris is scattered through the trees and in a field south of Fargo, near the Wild Rice River.

A 55-year-old pilot was killed after crashing shortly after 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The FAA expects to release his name on Friday afternoon after all family is notified.

Officials say the pilot was in contact with the air traffic control tower and he attempted to set the plane down after an in-flight emergency.

The plane was a 1973 Cessna 340.

Flight tracking website flightaware.com shows just one plane of that model that left Fargo shortly after 2:00 p.m. and was scheduled to return to hector international around 3:30. However, flightaware shows the plane ended its flight at the time of the crash.

According to its flight path, it never made it back to Hector International Airport and was moving at over 170 miles per hour when it lost altitude.

The plane that aligns with that flight path belongs to Weather Modification Incorporated of Fargo.

Check back for updates on this developing story.