HAWLEY, Minn. — The Clay County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that a pilot is dead after an ultralight aircraft crashed at the Hawley Airport on Thursday, July 11.

The crash was reported at about 12:30 p.m. and when emergency crews arrived on scene they found a bystander with minor injuries who pulled the pilot from the burning aircraft, Sheriff Mark Empting said.

The only person in the aircraft was the pilot who died on scene, according to Empting, who said the bystander who pulled the pilot out was treated for their injuries and released.

The Hawley Fire Department responded to the crash and put out the resulting fire. Empting said Federal Aviation Administration officials are investigating the crash.

The person killed in the crash will be identified when family is notified, Empting said.

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