Pilot killed in crash near Princeton Airport

Smoke billows from a wooded area west of the Princeton Airport runway where a plane crashed on Monday afternoon. (Jeff Hage / Union-Eagle)

Smoke billows from a wooded area west of the Princeton Airport runway where a plane crashed on Monday afternoon. (Jeff Hage / Union-Eagle)

One person has died after a small plane crashed west of the runway near the Princeton Airport Monday afternoon.

Princeton Police Chief Brian Payne confirmed that the pilot of the small plane had died. The identity of the deceased has not been released pending the notification of family.

While details regarding the cause of the crash are not known at this time, Payne confirmed that the plane had taken off from the Princeton Airport.

White smoke was seen billowing from the trees shortly after 1 p.m. Monday while emergency services personnel from at least 12 vehicles worked the scene. The crash scene was cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape.

An ambulance left the scene without its lights and sirens while the Princeton Police Department, Princeton Fire Department, Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Department and Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department continued to work the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is en route to investigate the crash, officials said. It was noted that any information to the media would more than likely come from FAA officials.

 

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