NTSB Report Released for Fatal Moose Lake Plane Crash

A preliminary report has been released that looks further into the fatal private plane crash near the Moose Lake Airport last Wednesday.

MOOSE LAKE, Minn.-A preliminary report has been released that looks further into the fatal private plane crash near the Moose Lake Airport last Wednesday.

The report, from the National Transportation Safety Board, does not list a cause as the investigation continues, but it did say the sole occupant in pilot 65-year-old Dr. Thomas Stillwell, did get a weather briefing before taking off.

At the time of  his expected takeoff at 4:30 p.m., winds were reported between 12 and 20-miles-per-hour with light snow and overcast clouds.

Stillwell was expected to land at the Crystal Airport near the Twin Cities shortly after 5:00 p.m.  The aircraft was reported missing and an extensive ground search began on Wednesday evening, but rain and snow made it tough.

At about 7:00 a.m. last Thursday, shortly after the search started again, the plane was found partially submerged in the Moose Horn River about have a mile Northwest of the Moose Lake airport.

Our sister station, Fox 9 in Minneapolis, reports Stillwell was a urologist based in the Twin Cities who was seeing patients at the Moose Lake Hospital.

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