2 killed in central Minnesota plane crash

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a plane that had taken off, but had not arrived at its destination, reported at 6:44 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28.

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EMILY, Minn. — Two men were killed Sunday, Aug. 28, after the plane they were in crashed near Emily, Minnesota.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a plane that had taken off but had not arrived at its destination at 6:44 p.m. near Minnie Lake Drive, north of Emily. According to the report, they began searching the area and at approximately 8:36 p.m. the plane was found in a wooded area near Minne Lake Drive.

Circular highlighted area is where plane wreckage was found by searchers.
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The pilot, Douglas Johnson, 61, of Emily, and his passenger, Lee Cemensky, 58, of Las Vegas, suffered fatal injuries in the crash.

The crash is under investigation by the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Assisting at the scene were the Crosslake Police Department, Emily Fire Department and Lifelink III.



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