UPDATED: Mississippi Veterinarian killed in plane crash on Leech Lake

A veterinarian and pilot was killed Tuesday night after his plane went down in Leech Lake.

According to a report from the Natchez Democrat newspaper in Mississippi, 62-year-old Thomas Archer Borum left his Mississippi home Tuesday morning, flying his own aircraft as he prepared to start a job in Bemidji.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the wreckage was discovered on Leech Lake near Walker Wednesday morning and Borum’s body was discovered Wednesday afternoon.

Thomas Borum, from the Natchez Democrat

Borum, according to the report, stopped to refuel in Missouri, and touched down in St. Cloud as weather worsened Tuesday night. He then took off again after weather slightly improved, and the National Transportation Safety Board says they lost contact with him around 8:30 p.m.

The Bemidji Veterinary Hospital announced on Facebook Thursday that Dr. Borum was heading this way to begin work at their satellite clinic, the Lake of the Woods Veterinary Hospital in Roseau.

Borum was also a licensed peace officer in the state of Mississippi, and was an Eagle scout and trained young people about ATV and firearms safety. He had plans to continue his mission to train police-dog handlers and police dogs.

The NTSB says they will release the results of their preliminary investigation in a couple of weeks.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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