Two killed in northern Minnesota ultralight crash

According to Crow Wing County sheriff authorities, the amphibious ultralight aircraft the two were traveling in crashed in north central Minnesota, killing the pilot who offers trips over Minnesota lakes and the passenger.

The fatalities were identified by authorities as Douglas Johnson, age 61, and Lee Cemensky, age 58, both of Las Vegas, Nevada.

On Sunday, the two perished at the site of the collision in the woods to Emily’s northwest.

Fly the Swan was a company run by Johnson. According to its website, a flight in the amphibious ultralight offers passengers a bird’s eye view of the lakes and surrounding area as well as the sensation of touching down on the water.

The 2010 Cygnet aircraft, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, crashed while trying to land under “unknown circumstances.”

Just before 7 o’clock in the evening, the sheriff’s office received a call informing them that the plane had taken off but failed to land. About 8:30 p.m., emergency personnel found the site of the collision.

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