By Jean Doran Matua, Editor
If you’ve ever flown in a two-seater plane, you know how close to nature you feel. Pilot Jonathan Aslesen knows that feeling even better today, after a close call with nature Thursday morning, Aug. 2.
Aslesen works for Classic Arrow Inc. in Buffalo, crop-dusting. They were hired to crop-dust over Tom Landwehr’s farm, about 3 miles north of Watkins. Ready to make his last crop-dusting pass over the field, Aslesen said the engine stalled and he was forced to make an emergency landing in the cornfield of Westlund Dairy.
We received a phone call about a half-hour before we received notification from the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, from a nearby resident who claimed the plane narrowly missed two homes before crashing through the field and landing on its nose.
The pilot walked away from the crash, refusing medical treatment.
Investigation of the accident is being shared with the FAA, as is customary. Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Watkins Ambulance, and Watkins Fire and Rescue responded to the scene.
I hope Aslesen stopped on his way home Thursday to buy a lottery ticket: it certainly was his lucky day.