Pilot dies in plane crash near Sauk Centre, Minn.

- The Stearns County sheriff's office and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating a fatal plane crash that happened Tuesday evening in central Minnesota.

The sheriff's office says a call came in around 9:30 p.m. of a pilot who went missing after he was practicing taking off and landing. His aircraft, a Wittman W-10 single-engine experimental plane, was been seen around 3:30 p.m.

The search helicopter was not able to fly Tuesday night because of weather, but a search was launched early Wednesday morning. 

The plan and the pilot were in found Getty Township, south of Sauk Centre. The pilot has been identified as Matthew Skwira, 50, of Rice. 

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating what caused the crash. 

Up Next:


  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories you may be interested in – includes advertiser stories