Mille Lacs Plane Crash – Following a tragic incident, an investigation is currently underway into a floatplane crash that occurred in Lake Mille Lacs, resulting in the unfortunate death of Ryan Comer, a 47-year-old pilot. According to Mille Lacs County Sheriff Kyle Burton, the plane went down a couple of miles offshore north of Grand Casino Mille Lacs shortly before 2 p.m. on Friday. The pilot’s body was recovered by emergency crews before 10 p.m. the same night, and the aircraft has been retrieved from the water, Sheriff Burton confirmed.
The National Transportation Safety Board will now take charge of investigating the causes behind the crash. Sheriff Burton acknowledged that it had been an arduous and emotionally taxing day for many individuals involved. He expressed heartfelt condolences to the family of the 47-year-old pilot who tragically lost his life in the incident.
“They certainly didn’t start their weekend off thinking something like this was going to happen,” he said. The sheriff also conveyed gratitude for the assistance provided in the operation, particularly acknowledging the invaluable contribution of the Anoka County dive team in helping us locate the pilot.
As reported by Lakeland PBS, there were two floatplanes that departed from Anoka airport approximately an hour prior to the accident. The intention was to make “brief water landings” on Mille Lacs before proceeding to Aitkin County. While one of the planes successfully landed, the other unfortunately ended up in the lake near Kathio Township. Ryan Comer of Minnesota has been identified as the pilot.
Ryan Comer obituary and funeral arrangements will be released by his family.
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