Pilot, passenger killed in ultralight aircraft crash in Minnesota

EMILY, Minn. (AP) — A pilot who gives rides over Minnesota lakes, and a passenger were killed when the amphibious ultralight aircraft they were riding in crashed in north central Minnesota, according to the Crow Wing County Sheriff officials.

Authorities identified the victims as 61-year-old Douglas Johnson and a 58-year-old passenger, Lee Cemensky, of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Both died at the scene of the crash Sunday in the woods northwest of Emily.

Johnson operated the business “Fly the Swan.”

The company website said “a ride on the amphibious ultralight gives a customer a bird’s eye view of the lakes and land, and the experience of touching down on the water.”

The Federal Aviation Administration said the 2010 Cygnet aircraft crashed under “unknown circumstances’ while attempting to land.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s office was called shortly before 7 p.m. on Sunday evening and notified the aircraft had taken off, but had failed to reach its destination.

Emergency responders located the crash scene about 8:30 p.m.