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MINNESOTA: Pilot, Passenger Die in Ultralight Aircraft Crash


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“A pilot who gives rides over Minnesota lakes and a passenger were killed when the amphibious ultralight aircraft they were riding in crashed in north central Minnesota, according to the Crow Wing County sheriff officials,” CBS News reports.

“Authorities identified the victims as 61-year-old Douglas Johnson and a 58-year-old passenger, Lee Cemensky, of Las Vegas, Nevada.”

From CBS News:

Both died at the scene of the crash Sunday in some woods northwest of Emily. Johnson operated the business Fly the Swan.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the 2010 Cygnet aircraft crashed under “unknown circumstances’ while attempting to land.

“Assisting at the scene were the Crosslake Police Department, Emily Fire Department and Lifelink III,” Duluth News Tribune added.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a plane that had taken off but had not arrived at its destination at 6:44 p.m. near Minnie Lake Drive, north of Emily. According to the report, they began searching the area and at approximately 8:36 p.m. the plane was found in a wooded area near Minne Lake Drive.

The ultralight aircraft crash follows a series of other small plane crashes throughout August.

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From The Blaze:

This is just the most recent in a series of small plane crashes this summer, some of which resulted in tragedy.

On August 18, three people and a dog were killed when two planes (a single-engine Cessna 152 and a twin-engine Cessna 340) collided over Watsonville Municipal Airport in Santa Cruz, County, California.

Both planes had been on their final approaches to the airport when they collided approximately 200 feet in the air. One Cessna careened into an aircraft hangar off the runway and the other plane smashed into a grassy field nearby.

Although the Watsonville airport is without a traffic control tower, the pilots involved were reportedly in communication via the common traffic advisory frequency. The smaller plane reportedly did not, however, have its transponder on, which would have otherwise enabled pilots to spot the aircraft on their displays.

On the same day, a silver 1951 Cessna 195 crashed onto Interstate 8 near San Diego in El Cajon, California. The plane struck Carrie Zub’s Hyundai before coming to a halt. Though Zub was not harmed in the crash, the plane’s 65-year-old pilot withstood major injuries. He is expected to survive.

On August 11, a single-engine Piper PA-32 crash-landed east of Los Angeles in Corona. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot of the Piper reported an engine issue. The craft subsequently crashed onto the 91 Freeway. Although the plane splintered and was consumed by flames, the two occupants were able to escape uninjured.

Here are additional reports of small plane crashes prior to this summer:

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