Man Arrested Following Report of Plane Crash in Sturgeon Lake

From the Pine County Sheriff's Office:


On the date of 07/29/2022 at about 1825 hours, the Pine County 911 Communications Center received a call of an airplane that had crashed on the 4000 block of Birchview Rd in Sturgeon Lake. Reports were received that the pilot of the aircraft was possibly intoxicated.


Deputies arrived and found that the pilot of the aircraft, Dennis Schwandt of Missouri was uninjured and showed signs of intoxication and was arrested. The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the incident and responded to assist in the investigation.


The aircraft that Dennis Schwandt was operating was a 1945 Piper J35-65


The case has been referred to the Pine County Attorney’s office for charging,

Deputies were assisted by the MN DNR, State Patrol, Moose Lake Fire, Essentia Ambulance, and the FAA.



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