MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – One person died Monday after a small plane crashed near an airport in central Minnesota.
The crash happened around 12:45 p.m. just west of the runway at the Princeton Municipal Airport, a city official said.READ MORE: Exclusive: Inside The Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct Evacuation
According to Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brent Lindgren, the initial call to police reported smoke and fire coming from the aircraft, which was 400 to 500 yards off the runway.
Lindgren said the pilot was traveling to North Dakota for a hunting trip. It’s unclear if the plane took off before the crash.READ MORE: Friends Remember Mack Motzko and Sam Schuneman, Killed In Orono Crash
The only passenger on the plane was a dog, who survived inside of a kennel. The dog was taken to a local vet.
Authorities are waiting on the arrival of the FAA and the NTSB.MORE NEWS: Minnesota Weather: Tornado Warnings Expire, But Severe Storms Still A Threat
Princeton is about 50 miles northwest of the Twin Cities.