A tragic Easter weekend for an area family, after a fatal plane crashFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The Easter weekend has turned tragic for an area family, after a fatal plane crash.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The Easter weekend has turned tragic for an area family, after a fatal plane crash.
A Moorhead native was coming home.
48-year old Kevin Ferris lived in Superior. He owned a floral shop in Duluth with his fiance. Family tells us, he'd just gotten his pilot's license a few months ago.
Kevin Ferris was expected to fly into the Moorhead Airport around 10:30 this morning.
He planned on visiting family and friends over the weekend, in Fargo-Moorhead.
But the pilot never made it.
Kevin Ferris took off from a Superior airport. He was headed for his hometown in Moorhead.
But with dense and heavy fog, the Clay County Sheriffs Department says it's possible Ferris got turned around.
Bill Bergquist, Clay County Sheriff says, "I can see parts of the plane that still look like a plane. But I haven't been up close enough to get a good look at it."
Ferris was flying over Park Rapids, and told his family it was foggy. The family began to worry when his text messages stopped.
Bergquist says, "After that, there was no more contact so she then contacted us. We did some checking and then from the timeline that we had we felt that he could have been in this area.
Sheriff Bergquist think Ferris might have been looking for an alternative airport.
Around 5 o'clock this evening, officials found the plane, in a field south of Hawley. Only miles from an area Airport.
Bergquist says, "Our thoughts are out with the family too. It is a holiday weekend. And it's not going to be something that makes a very nice holiday weekend."
As of now, no one is able to confirm how the plane went down.
Tonight, FAA will continue its investigation.