Minske, daughter safe after plane crash

The plane Troy Minske was piloting that crashed on Mille Lacs Lake.
The plane Troy Minske was piloting that crashed on Mille Lacs Lake.

What goes up, must come down – sometimes with a thump.

A Princeton businessman and his daughter escaped injury Sunday when a plane crashed on Lake Mille Lacs near Isle.

Troy Minske, 44, owner of Rum River Automotive and a member of the board of the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce, was flying over Lake Mille Lacs with his 11-year-old daughter when the plane Minske was piloting crashed on the lake near Lyback’s Resort in South Harbor Township.

Minske was conducting “touch and goes” at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday on a plowed ice road on the lake. A wheel of the aircraft hit a bump and rapidly launched the plane up into the air, according to Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brent Lindgren. The plane then veered off course and touched down in deep snow, causing the wheels to stop abruptly. This caused the aircraft to flip forward into the snow and land on its roof, Lindgren said.

“We crashed,” said Minske, noting that’s what he told his wife when he called her and asked that she come pick him and his daughter up from the scene.

Steven Weber of Isle witnessed the crash and called 911.

Mille Lacs County deputies responded to the scene and began basic medical treatment until EMTs from Mille Lacs Ambulance arrived on the scene.

Both Minske and his daughter were treated by medics and released at the scene.

The crash is being investigated by the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Aviation and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Federal investigators had already met with Minske as of Monday afternoon, he said.