Sunday, November 24, 2019

Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N3586M: Incident occurred November 23, 2019 in Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis

Aircraft crashed into power lines.

Date: 23-NOV-19
Time: 22:05:00Z
Regis#: N3586M
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA12
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

Scott County Sheriff's Office Press Release
November 23, 2019
Plane Crash in Louisville Township

On November 23, 2019, at approximately 3:57 p.m., Scott County Sheriff’s Office 911 Dispatch received a report of a single engine plane that had collided with a power line, become entangled, and was suspended upside down in the 2500 block of 150th Street West in Louisville Township, south of Shakopee, Minnesota.

Initial investigation indicated that the Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser was traveling south, hit a cluster of power lines and became suspended on a guideline, upside down.  Once the power line was de-energized, the pilot was rescued from the plane.   

The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the plane, was identified as Thomas Koskovich (65) of Shakopee.  Koskovich did not sustain any injuries as a result of this incident. 

“This incident could have been much worse,” said Sheriff Luke Hennen. “We are grateful the pilot was able to walk away without any injuries.” 

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this incident by the Shakopee Fire Department, Allina Ambulance, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Valley Electric Company, and Xcel Energy Company.

The investigation into the crash was turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration.


  1. Must have been an old Navy Pilot.

  2. It look like the airplane didn't have much damage. I wonder if they were able to get it down with out any additional damage?

  3. The accident site is 1/2 mile SW from 'Tom Koskovich, 14726 Old Brick Yard Road, Shakopee, MN 55379.' No apparent landing strip seen with a GOOGLE satellite view of the area.

    1. I live directly between the crash site and his farm. He's been flying out of the farm from a short grass field on the N side of his building site.

  4. Landing phase or just buzzing along at 50' and hoping for the best?

  5. I did that once as a young pilot. Except I was about 12 years old and it was a scale electric R/C aircraft getting tangled in power lines.

  6. I also tangled my RC plane a few times in trees.
    He is a lucky bastard here.
    Probably was flying too low.
    If they lowered the plane carefully from attachments to the prop and then straightened it on the ground it might have been pretty untouched minus some scraps due to the wires.

    1. They had the plane on the ground undamaged 30 minutes after they got him out of the plane. Two days later they towed it with a pick up truck right down the county road back home.