Husband, Wife Suffer Only Minor Injuries After Plane Crash Near Brainerd

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Crow Wing County Law Enforcement Center

July 30, 2018 02:33 PM

The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department reports a husband and wife survived a plane crash near the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Monday morning with only minor injuries.

A release stated the department received a call from Jody Facchiano, 60 of Belvidere, Illinois, just after 10 a.m. Monday saying she and her husband Vincent, also 60, had just survived a plane crash.


She said the crash occurred as the plane was attempting to land on runway 34 at the airport.

The release went on to say directions provided by Jody Facchiano, as well as cell phone pings, helped authorities locate the area of the crash - a heavily wooded and lowland area about 1.4 miles southeast of the airport in Oak Lawn Township.

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According to the release, the sheriff's department - with assistance from the state patrol - located the couple as they attempted to walk out of the crash site. They were airlifted from the area by a state patrol helicopter, then transferred to an ambulance that took them to Essentia Hospital in Brainerd where they were treated for what were described as minor injuries.

The release states Vincent Facchiano said he and his wife were flying to Brainerd from Illinois, and that he had experienced engine failure upon approach to the airport. Deputies were unable to reach the crash site itself due to the terrain.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration have been notified and the matter remains under investigation.

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Frank Rajkowski

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