A vintage plane from the '50s crashed in Moorhead, killing the pilot

The plane went down in a cornfield.
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Pilot Mark Yaggie of Breckenridge.

Pilot Mark Yaggie of Breckenridge.

A small plane crashed while trying to land at Moorhead Municipal Airport over the weekend, killing the pilot.

It happened Sunday evening, and in a Monday email the Clay County sheriff's office identified the victim as Mark Yaggie of Breckenridge, Minnesota.

His plane went down in a cornfield just north of the airport, Valley News Live reports. He was the only one in the aircraft.

The vintage plane Yaggie was flying was a T-28A Trojan, according to a blog maintained by Metropolitan Engineering Consulting & Forensics.

A plane used for military training in the 1950s

Those Trojan planes were made by a company called North American Aviation to train Air Force and Navy pilots, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force says. The first one flew in 1949 and they were produced through the early and middle '50s.

 A T-28A Trojan. Credit: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

A T-28A Trojan. Credit: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The museum says the Trojan's "tricycle" landing gear helped pilots get used to post-World War II military planes.

Boeing's website says the Trojan was used to transition pilots from propeller planes to jet aircraft.

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate Sunday's crash.

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