Pilot Injured after Aircraft Gets Stuck in Benton County Tree

Pilot Injured after Aircraft Gets Stuck in Benton County Tree Photo: KSTP

August 30, 2018 03:10 PM

The Benton County Sheriff's Department reports a 71-year-old Sauk Rapids man suffered injuries that are not considered life-threatening after a fan-powered parachute-style aircraft crashed into a tree on private property in Minden Township near St. Cloud Wednesday night.

According to a release, deputies responding to the scene on the 3600 block of 25th Street Northeast just after 6 p.m. found the still-occupied aircraft suspended in a tree about 50 feet off the ground.


Deputies were able to talk to the pilot, Roger Harold Violet, who was secured in the aircraft's pilot seat.

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Sauk Rapids firefighters were able to free Violet from the aircraft and bring him to the ground where he was evaluated by first responders and transported by ambulance to St. Cloud Hospital.

The release states investigation indicated the aircraft crashed just after Violet, a licensed pilot, had taken off. The aircraft is believed to have not gained enough altitude to avoid the tree.


Frank Rajkowski

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