Saturday, January 01, 2022

Incident occurred January 01, 2022 in Forest Lake, Washington County, Minnesota

The man piloting the single-seat ultralight airplane that crashed on Saturday afternoon in Forest Lake told officials that the plane’s engine shut down without warning.

Michael Larsin, 41, of Chisago Lake Township, took off from Higgins Lake in Anoka County and was flying east in his homemade kit plane when its Rotax 447 engine quit working, authorities said.

Larsin maneuvered the airplane, which has a four-gallon gas tank, to a pond area near Interstate 35 and Highway 8, authorities said. After landing on the pond, the airplane continued gliding into a stand of cattails at the east end of the pond. Once the aircraft hit the cattails, it flipped and ended up nose down, authorities said.

Larsin was not injured in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.


Photo of the plane, from a Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic camera in the area.

Minnesota Police/Fire/EMS -

Update: Police say they've found the pilot, who was the lone occupant of the aircraft, and report he is not injured.

Updated crash location is in the area of I-35 & Highway 8 in a swampy area. Police are reporting there are footprints that appear to be leading away from the plane. They are attempting to follow the footprints away from the crash site.

Police have made access to the plane and are reporting that it appears to be a small homemade aircraft and there is nobody in or around the plane. A helicopter is responding to assist with searching for the pilot who may have been ejected before the crash.

FOREST LAKE: Plane Crash - 20001 Forest Blvd N - Fire crews are arriving to a small plane crash at the Forest Lake Compost Site. Crews are having a difficult time accessing the crash site.


FOREST LAKE, Minnesota – Authorities responded to a small plane crash in Forest Lake Saturday afternoon.

The Forest Lake Police Department says officers were called around 3:08 p.m. to a report of a small plane that had crashed in a swampy area southeast of Interstate 35 and Highway 8 intersection.

Police say the pilot was the lone occupant in the aircraft and was uninjured.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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