Emergency landing ends well


February 24, 2023

Paul Carpenter

Bystanders help get Rich Mattson's experimental aircraft ready to be taken away on a trailer.

No one was hurt Saturday when the pilot of an experimental light sport aircraft made an emergency landing on the ice-covered Big Lake Saturday afternoon.

The Carlton County Sheriff's Office described the aircraft as a "home-built fixed-wing aircraft" in a news release, explaining that the landing was planned after pilot Rich Mattson realized one of the landing gear wheels had broken off when he departed from Fish Lake in Fredenberg Township in St. Louis County.

After originally planning to land at the Cloquet Airport, Mattson determined landing at Big Lake (west of Cloquet) would be safer....

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