Small plane crashes into Minnesota lake, kills pilot

  • Updated: July 22, 2012 - 8:04 PM

Authorities are investigating the crash of a small experimental aircraft that killed the pilot and injured a passenger Sunday.

The fixed-wing single engine Skystar Kitfox 4 crashed into Upper Whitefish Lake around 9:50 a.m., said Elizabeth Cory, a spokeswoman from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The names of the victims have not been released, but the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office said the pilot was a 55-year-old man from Crosslake.

The passenger was identified as a 61-year-old man, also of Crosslake. He was taken to Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, where he was being treated for serious injuries, the Sheriff's Office said.

FAA officials said they will investigate with help from the National Transportation Safety Board.

According to FAA records, the amateur aircraft was built in 2008.

TIM HARLOW

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