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UPDATE: Plane crashes into Lake Winona

More information has been released about a small plane that crashed into Lake Winona in southwest Alexandria on Friday, July 27 at about 7 p.m. The pilot, Maxwell Guderian, 18, of Minnetonka was conducting "touch and goes" at the Alexandria Airpo...

Plane crash
A pilot who was flying a single-engine Piper aircraft made an emergency landing into the southwest side of Lake Winona Friday. This photo was taken from West Winona Road. Authorities didn't allow media onto the private land that was located near the crash site. No injuries were reported. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)

More information has been released about a small plane that crashed into Lake Winona in southwest Alexandria on Friday, July 27 at about 7 p.m.

The pilot, Maxwell Guderian, 18, of Minnetonka was conducting "touch and goes" at the Alexandria Airport when his single-engine Piper Archer lost power, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Guderian, the only occupant of the aircraft, wasn't able to get back to the airport and conducted an emergency landing into the southwest side of Lake Winona. He was able to get out of the plane and was standing on the roof of the plane when deputies arrived on scene after receiving a 911 call.

A volunteer firefighter arrived in a paddle boat and took him safely to shore.

Guderian wasn't injured, according to the sheriff's office.

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The Federal Aviation Adminstration has been contacted and will be handling the investigation.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Alexandria Fire Department, Alexandria Police Department and North Ambulance responded.

More information will be reported as soon as it becomes available.

Related Topics: WINONA AREA
Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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