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Pilot involved in Blaine airport crash identified

He crashed when coming in for approach at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport.

The Blaine Police Department has identified the pilot who crashed an old military plane at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport on Thursday. 

Per the department, 65-year-old Charles Stephen Cook of Ham Lake was approaching the north-south runway of the airport when the crash occurred at approximately 11:05 a.m.

Cook was treated at the scene for serious injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said Thursday. As of Friday morning, Cook was listed in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center. 

The pilot was assisted at the scene first by two people who saw the plane go down. They jumped the fence around the airport and ran to the crash site and pulled the pilot away from the burning aircraft. 

Cook was flying a 1955 T-28 Trojan military plane. 

The crash is still being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. 

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