Brainerd, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- A small aircraft has crashed in a lake near Brainerd, killing the pilot and injuring a passenger, Sunday morning.
Crow Wing County Sheriff Officials say the plane is a single engine, Sky Star Kitfox #4 and crashed on Upper Whitefish Lake near Crosslake, MN.
The passenger, a 61-year-old Crosslake man was treated on scene by North Memorial Ambulance Service and was then transported to Cuyuna Regional Medical Center for serious injuries.
The pilot, a 55-year-old Crosslake man was pronounced dead on the scene.
His body has been sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for autopsy.
Officials will release the names of the men after their families have been notified.
To determine what caused the crash, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's office is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports FAA spokesman, Roland Herwig says the plane is submerged about 75 yards offshore.
Agencies assisting at the scene include: the Crosslake, Nisswa and Breezy Point Police Departments. The MN State Patrol, Department of Natural Resources, North Memorial Ambulance Service, Ideal and Crosslake Fire Departments and First Responders also assisted.