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Woodbury resident Harold Gifford this year released the book “The Miracle Landing” — his first-hand account of piloting a plane loaded with professional basketball players to safety during a dangerous snowstorm in 1960. Staff photo by Mike Longaecker

Woodbury man’s book chronicles ‘Miracle Flight’

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Harold Gifford walks among his fellow Woodbury residents without much fanfare.

That’s not the case when he travels to Carroll, Iowa. Waitresses ask for his autograph there.

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They understand how different life might have been in their town 50 years ago if the plane Gifford was flying would have crashed instead of safely skidding to a halt in a cornfield.

“I was kind of a hero to those people,” said the 89-year-old who lives with his wife Carol in a home off Lake Road.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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