1 injured after small plane hits tree in White Bear Lake

Updated: October 27, 2019 05:51 PM

One person was taken to a hospital after a small plane crash in White Bear Lake.


It happened Sunday morning shortly before 11 a.m. near the county line between Washington and Ramsey counties, not far from the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and County Road J.

Officials said one person was on-board the plane, which crashed near train tracks. That person suffered non life-threatening injuries but was taken to a hospital.

Authorities said the plane hit a tree. It's unclear where it was headed or what it was doing before it crashed.

Darryl LeMire says his friend Gary McDaniel had just taken off from Benson Airport in White Bear Lake when something went wrong.

"It's very scary," LeMire said. 

McDaniel tried returning to the airport but hit a tree and crashed about 100 yards from the runway, amazingly he walked away.

"I just talked to his wife," LeMire said. " He survived. He's got some cuts on his face and got hit pretty hard, but she said he's doing really well." 

This is a developing story. Stay with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS for the latest updates.

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