1 dead in plane crash in Princeton

8:05 PM, Oct 28, 2013   |    comments
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PRINCETON, Minn. - One person was killed in a plane crash at Princeton Municipal Airport Monday afternoon, according to Princeton City Administrator Mark Karnowski.

A small private plane crashed on airport property at about 12:45 p.m. Monday, between 100 and 150 yards west of the airport's lone runway, Karnowski said. He said the plane was engulfed in flames when emergency crews responded to the scene.

Karnowski said the cause of the crash, as well as whether the pilot was attempting to land or take off when the crash occurred, was not immediately clear.

A name and information on the deceased victim likely will be released by local authorities, Karnowski said. The Federal Aviation Administration also is expected to investigate.

Emergency crews still were working to control the fire at 2:45 p.m., Karnowski said. Crews responding to the crash included Princeton fire and police, Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.

The airport is closed and will remain so at least through Monday to allow FAA crews to investigate the accident, Karnowski said.

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