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An airplane has crashed at the Beach airport, according to a press release.

Thomas Mau, Kenmare, was flying the aircraft Friday from his hometown to Beach, according to the North Dakota State Highway Patrol. As he was landing he lost control, and the plane went off the runway into a field. The aircraft hit a hay bale and came to rest, according to the release.


Mau sustained injuries and was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Dickinson. The airplane sustained severe damage to the front and undercarriage. The release did not specify the type of plane Mau was flying.

The crash remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol and Federal Aviation Administration. The Beach Ambulance also responded to the incident.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined The Dickinson Press as the assistant editor in January 2014 and was named news editor in October 2014. She helps lead a team of top-notch news reporters and plays a role in coordinating design for western North Dakota's award-winning newspaper. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican, where she helped the two newspapers win numerous awards.   
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