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North Dakota associate prof injured in crash



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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- A University of North Dakota associate professor and his brother are hospitalized after a small plane crash in Utah.

John Bridewell and his brother, Duncan, are reported in fair condition in a Salt Lake City hospital.

Carbon County Sheriff's Capt. Guy Adams says Duncan Bridewell told investigators his brother decided to do a controlled crash landing Sunday afternoon because the plane struggling to regain altitude in a canyon about 40 miles from Price, Utah.

Adams said Duncan Bridewell told authorities the Piper Cherokee struck a rock, rupturing the gas line and setting the passenger compartment on fire.

Adams said a rafting group helped rescue the brothers but the rocky terrain slowed the recovery effort. He said the fire from the crash burned about six acres.

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Information from: Grand Forks Herald

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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