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UPDATE: 3:10 P.M. WITH VIDEO: Plane crashes on Lake Latoka Friday

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More information has been released about a single-engine, fixed-wing airplane that crashed on northwest Lake Latoka in Alexandria shortly after 10:30 a.m. this morning.

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No serious injuries were reported.

The pilot was Hamid Reza Abbasi, 54, from Alexandria and Edina. He was flying with his wife and their two juvenile children.

The plane, built by Cirrus Design Corporation, was en route to the Alexandria Airport when it crashed, according to a deputy at the scene.

The nose of the plane cracked through the ice, creating some open water.

Witnesses on shore reported hearing a plane's engine making sputtering noises, followed by a loud bang, which apparently came from the plane's parachute being deployed.

The plane is intact and didn't appear to have much damage, except for the front portion.

The family in the plane is reportedly from the Twin Cities area and the man works in Alexandria. The family was taken to the home of Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels for temporary shelter.

A long-time resident on the lake noted that last year at this time, the ice was already off the lake and speculated that the crash could have been worse in open water.

The Alexandria Police Department and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene. The Douglas County Sheriff's Posse was also called in to secure the open water area.

Keep checking www.echopress.com for more updates.

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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