UPDATE: Name released in fatal aircraft crash near Hawley

HAWLEY, M.N. (KVLY) Officials have released the name of the pilot who died in an aircraft crash at the Hawley Airport Thursday afternoon.

Authorities found Bradley Gibb, 69, of Vergas, Minn. deceased when they arrived on the scene.

According to records from the Federal Aviation Administration, Gibb's aircraft was a 2018 AR-1 model Rotorcraft.

The website lists Gibb's aircraft was classified as experimental and its category classified as amateur built.

First responders were called to the Hawley Airport just before 12:30 Thursday afternoon for reports of a plane crash.

Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting said a bystander who was driving by the crash, pulled over and pulled the pilot out of the burning aircraft. Unfortunately the pilot was already deceased.

The bystander suffered minor burns on their hand, but they were treated and released by Hawley medical staff on the scene.

We talked with a family member of Gibb at the crash scene Thursday night, and they told us that Gibb flew his Rotorcraft as a hobby.

It's still unclear what caused the crash. Gibb was the only occupant of the Ultralight style aircraft at the time of crash. The crash remains under investigation at this time by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Federal
Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.