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This floatplane was damaged Monday night after dropping into Petit Lake in Hubbard County. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Floatplane crash lands in Hubbard County lake; no injuries

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Floatplane crash lands in Hubbard County lake; no injuries
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A floatplane with mechanical problems dropped into Petit Lake Monday evening.

The pilot swam away from the crash, which heavily damaged the plane.


He was identified as 70-year-old Lawrence Larson of Fargo, who has a seasonal cabin in the region.The plane was a home built model constructed from a "Fox Kit Float Plane."

"All we know is he was having mechanical problems," Sheriff Frank Homer said. "There were no apparent injuries."

Petit Lake is a small body of water almost surrounded by Big Mantrap Lake, north of Upper Bottle Lake.

"He just basically lost power, he said," Homer said.

"All we did was assist as asked," said Peter Dombrowsky, manager of Wonewok, the 3M-owned corporate conference center on Big Mantrap Lake.

"There's not really a whole lot we did but watch," Dombrowsky said. "It just dropped from the sky."

Homer said the plane flipped upon landing when its nose tipped in the water.

Wonewok employees assisted the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department in the rescue, keeping the area clear of spectators.

Homer said Larson swam to shore, where he was checked over by an ambulance crew. He apparently suffered no injuries. The FAA will examine the plane, which is currently in the county impound lot.

Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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