MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office says a small plane crashed on Coon Lake, in the city of Ham Lake, on Thursday afternoon. The 72-year-old pilot was rescued from the water and brought to shore by a good samaritan before first responders arrived.
Authorities say Paul Erwin Youngquist of Coon Rapids was flying the Cessna 180, which had been outfitted with floats.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: Dangerous Wind Chills Return Wednesday
After leaving the Blaine Airport en-route to Cambridge, he said he decided to do a “touch-and-go maneuver” on the water; however, the plane’s landing gear was in the down position and when it made contact with the water the plane crashed upside down.READ MORE: Towns' 3-Point Play Helps Wolves Edge Knicks 112-110
According to a press release, the pilot had only “minor injuries,” and was treated at the scene by Allina EMS. No one else was on-board at the time of the crash, which happened just before 2 p.m.MORE NEWS: Media Groups Protest Restrictions For Federal Trial Of Ex-Officers Charged In George Floyd's Death
The Federal Aviation Administration has since been contacted to investigate the crash. The Minnesota DNR has also been notified — and plans are being made to recover the plane wreckage from the water.