plane crash

A Forest Lake pilot had just taken off when engine problems caused his plane to crash last Sunday. The pilot sustained minor injuries in the crash.

Osceola police and other first responders were called to a plane crash last Sunday, July 14, at 1:18 p.m.

Upon arrival, responders found a plane upside down in the ditch on 68th Avenue just east of 258th Street, according to Police Chief Ron Pedrys. The sole occupant, pilot John Earl Schmidt of Forest Lake, was standing outside the plane with minor injuries.

According to Pedrys, Schmidt had taken off in a plane and was towing a glider. Shortly after takeoff, the tow plane had a mechanical failure. The glider detached and landed safely. 

Schmidt was able to land the plane, but it flipped over. He sustained non life-threatening injuries.“When you hear ‘plane crash’ you think worst case scenario,” said Pedrys, “so this was a pretty fortunate outcome.”

The Federal Aviation Administration planned on visiting the airport Monday, July 15, to investigate the crash.

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