A Brainerd man and his passenger escaped death and injury when the aircraft they were in crashed at the Aitkin Municipal Airport on Tuesday afternoon.
The fixed-wing, single-engine Cessna plane crashed on the grass portion of the runway north of the airport, the Aitkin Police Department disclosed that, the pilot Ryan Frank, 22, of Brainerd and his passenger Kenneth Mehr, 63, of Deerwood were not injured. The aircraft sustained structure damage.
A 911 call came into the Aitkin County dispatch offices at 12:11 p.m. regarding a single engine aircraft that crashed at the airport. The Aitkin police and fire departments and the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the scene.
The Federal Aviation Administration will assist the police department with the investigation to determine the cause of the crash.