Seventy-six-year-old Ralph Sonnicksen of Fort Dodge was the operator of the plane when it developed engine trouble after departing the Fort Dodge Regional Airport. Sonnicksen landed the plane in to a bean field north of Fort Dodge. He exited the plane by crawling out of the plane’s window after the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration reported Sonnicksen manufactured the fixed-wing single-engine plane. Officials with the FAA will be on the scene today to conduct an investigation.
(By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City)