Search underway for missing pilot in Cook County

Authorities are searching for a missing pilot in Cook County.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office said it was notified of a missing person in the Hovland area on Friday evening.

Denny Pechacek was flying an Ultralight Aircraft plane and had taken off near 30 Flutereed Road on Friday evening, but has not returned, authorities said.

The last sighting of Pechacek and the plane was near Hammer Road in Hovland. Cook County Search and Rescue, Hovland Fire Department and a fixed-wing aircraft from Minnesota State Patrol are assisting in the search.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is asking that anyone who may have seen the plane to call 218-387-3030 to provide an approximate time and location to help with the search.

Volunteers for the search were requested to arrive at the Hovland Fire Hall by 8 a.m. Monday, and to be prepared for an all-day outing. They were to pre-register with Search Command by calling 218-370-9711 before 10 p.m. Sunday.

Cook County Authorities are searching for Denny Pechacek, who has been missing since Friday, Aug. 18 in his ultralight plane. Credit: Pechacek Family