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Plane flips on Mille Lacs Lake take-off attempt, injures pilot

A small plane, attempting a take-off on a makeshift runway on Mille Lacs Lake, crashed Saturday morning injuring the pilot.

Kenneth Olson, 62, of Sartell, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Onamia Hospital. His passenger, Mary Olson, 59, Sartell, was not injured, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Olson was attempting a take-off on the runway when the left wing caught a snowbank causing the plane to flip over. The crash was reported about 11:58 a.m. Saturday. Olson was part of a club of pilots who landed on Mille Lacs Lake near St. Alban’s Bay for a private event.

He was flying a two-seater Zodiac 601 HDS, an experimental amateur-built aircraft.

Assisting the sheriff’s department at the scene were the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Garrison Fire Department, Onamia Ambulance and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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