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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. 

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