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Plane crash near Brainerd is third in Minnesota in past three days

July 31, 2018

BRAINERD, Minn. — Authorities say no one was hurt when a plane crashed Monday morning while attempting to land at an airport in Brainerd.

Two people were on board the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft that went down in a marsh area approximately four miles south of Brainerd, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The plane crashed “under unknown circumstances” around 11 a.m., said Tony Molinaro, an FAA spokesman.

Investigators were on the way to the scene to determine the cause of the crash.

A spokesman for the Crow Wing County Sheriff confirmed the crash but had no information about the people onboard. Scanner chatter indicated authorities were picking up their luggage and bringing it to them at a hospital.

Monday’s crash was the third in as many days in Minnesota.

Over the weekend, two small planes crashed 24 hours apart in Douglas County in western Minnesota, killing one of the pilots, authorities said Sunday.

About 7:30 p.m. Saturday, several witnesses notified 911 that a plane crashed at Townhall Road and 10th Avenue SW. in LaGrande Township, the county Sheriff’s Office said.

Emergency medical personnel arrived and found the pilot, Kenneth J. Ryan, 64, of Alexandria, already dead, the Sheriff’s Office said.

“The plane appears to have struck an [electrical] power pole before landing in the west ditch off of Townhall Road,” it said in a statement.

The first crash happened about 7 p.m. Friday when the plane lost power and made an emergency landing into Lake Winona just west of Alexandria, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Pilot Maxwell D. Guderian, 18, of Minnetonka, was standing atop the single-engine plane when emergency personnel arrived.

Guderian was conducting touch-and-goes at the Alexandria Airport at the time, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Federal authorities are looking into both incidents.

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