Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Sea and Sky Krucker Cygnet, N505DB: Fatal accident occurred August 28, 2022 in Emily, Crow Wing County, Minnesota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in a remote wooded area. 

Fly the Swan


Date: 28-AUG-22
Time: 23:15:00Z
Regis#: N505DB
Aircraft Make: SEA & SKY
Aircraft Model: KRUCKER CYGNET
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 2
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal
Pax: 1 Fatal
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
City: EMILY
State: MINNESOTA

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

A former Las Vegas man who died in a plane crash Sunday in Minnesota was scattering his father’s ashes, law enforcement officials said.

Lee Cemensky, 58, was a Las Vegas resident, but he sold his business in February to return to Fifty Lakes, Minnesota. Cemensky owned Brakes Plus at 911 N. Lamb Blvd.

Cemensky was a passenger in an aircraft flown by Douglas A. Johnson, who operated an amphibious aircraft known as “the swan” that catered to tourists and sightseeing in the community of Emily, Minnesota. Johnson also died in the crash.

Lt. Craig Katzenberger of the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office said deputies who responded to the scene on Sunday night learned that Cemensky was scattering his father’s ashes. He described the aircraft as “homemade” and said the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the crash. Initial reports described the plane as an “ultralight.”

Katzenberger said the sheriff’s office investigation is still active.

Lee Cemensky’s father, Leo John Cemensky, died at his home in Fifty Lakes on August 7, according to an online obituary from the Koop Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife Vikki; his son, Jeff (RaNae) Cemensky of Fifty Lakes; one daughter, Desiree Dunham of Elida, Ohio; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Attempts to reach the family for comment have been unsuccessful.

Joseph Hunter, manager of Brakes Plus, said he bought the business from Lee Cemensky on Feb. 28. He said he met him as the business was changing hands, and said he was a “good guy … good to all his customers.”

Lee Cemensky owned the shop for 20 to 25 years, Hunter said, and his customers have been sorry to hear of his passing.


EMILY, Minnesota -- A pilot who gives rides over Minnesota lakes and a passenger were killed when the amphibious ultralight trike 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 some woods northwest of Emily. Johnson operated the business Fly the Swan.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the 2010 Cygnet aircraft crashed under "unknown circumstances' while attempting to land. 

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