Plane crash kills veterinarian who was nearing destination in Bemidji

The Mississippi native crashed Tuesday.

The pilot of a small plane died when he crashed into Leech Lake near Walker, Minnesota. 

The crash happened Tuesday, according to a preliminary crash report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Killed in the crash was Thomas A. Borum, 62, of Natchez, Mississippi. 

Borum was identified by his brother in the Natchez Democrat, with his brother saying Borum was on his way to Minnesota to start a job as a veterinarian in Bemidji. Prior to the crash, inclement weather prompted Borum to stop at the St. Cloud Airport for a brief period. 

Borum's brother told the newspaper that he lost contact with Thomas around 8 p.m. Tuesday, and that the wreckage was discovered around 10 a.m. Wednesday. Divers found Borum's body around 2 p.m. the same day. 

"Dr. Borum loved animals and delighted in seeing homeless animals become healthy and able to move on to better futures," a Facebook post from Hoofbeats and Pawprints Rescue in Natchez says. "Dr. Borum worked to help save the lives of thousands of shelter pets and our program was very blessed to have had him as a member of our staff for the past 5 years. He will be greatly missed." 

The cause of the crash is under investigation. 

Next Up

police lights

Attempted luring of 14-year-old girl reported in West St. Paul

The suspect is described as a white man in his 40s.

Screen Shot 2021-03-04 at 9.19.48 PM

Worker, 18, suffers serious electric shock at Vikings apartments site

The worker was reportedly in a critical condition Thursday.


As golf season approaches, book your round now at Dacotah Ridge GC

The stunning course is designed by world-renowned architect Rees Jones.

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett's group out of potential Timberwolves sale

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said that Garnett's group was not one of "more than 10" to buy the team.


Full production winery set to open in Minneapolis this month

The couple behind Schram Vineyards Winery and Brewery is opening AxeBridge Wine Company in Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood.


Pedestrian killed in two-vehicle crash in Crystal

The incident happened just after noon.

Screen Shot 2021-03-04 at 1.45.48 PM

Foss Swim School opens its 9th Minnesota location in former Pier 1 store

The Eden Prairie based company has 22 locations across the Midwest.

police tape, crime scene

Charges: Minneapolis man kills woman, tells police to kill him

A convicted felon is accused of fatally shooting a 29-year-old woman on Feb. 28.


It's that time of year: Minneapolis offers deal on trees for property owners

The City Trees program sells trees for $25 from March 8 to April 16, or until trees run out.

coronavirus, covid-19, doctor

CDC report reveals how first cases of Brazilian COVID variant came to MN

Dozens of people had to be tested for the virus after the first and only two cases of the P.1 variant were detected in Minnesota.


plane, Piper PA-32

Pilot killed in small plane crash in southwestern Minnesota

The crash happened just after 7 a.m. Sunday.

plane, Piper PA-32

Plane crash wreckage found near northern Minnesota airport

The small aircraft reportedly went down Sunday afternoon.


Suburban Twin Cities man killed in plane crash in northern MN

The crash happened shortly after takeoff from the Ely Airport.

Pilot dies in the 2nd plane crash near Alexandria in 24 hours

The plane crashed near an intersection in La Grande Township.

Carlito M. Kingbird

Search for person of interest in armed robbery near Bemidji

The 19-year-old was identified by authorities Tuesday.

Plane crashes near Brainerd airport

It's the third plane crash in Minnesota since Friday night.