The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an aircraft that had crashed and was on fire on Saturday afternoon in Brandon.
The single engine plane was piloted by 53 year old Paul Erickson of Alexandria, who stated that he was attempting a takeoff and experienced momentary engine failure. He then attempted to land and struck a small pole and brush at the end of the grass runway. The plane came to rest and immediately started on fire.
Erickson and his passenger, 15 year old Alicia Erickson of Alexandria, were able to exit. Paul was uninjured and Alicia sustained a small burn to her leg. Both were evaluated on scene by ambulance personnel and released without transport. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the FAA and NTSB.

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