Man Killed In Princeton Plane Crash Was Local Business Owner

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 7:05 am

More information is coming out about the plane crash in Princeton on Monday that killed a man. The pilot of that plane was a well-known business owner in Princeton named Kevin Covlin. He was a 51-year old father to four girls and died in the crash.

KSTP reports that Covlin owned FLR Sanders, which is a company that installs gym floors across the state.

He was with his dog when his single-engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Princeton Municipal Airport on Monday afternoon, according to Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office. The aircraft is believed to be a 1956 Piper Pacer.

A witness who was at the airport told authorities he heard an explosion and saw smoke and the plane just west of the runway. He saw a person in the plane, not moving and on fire.

The FAA confirmed the plane was briefly on fire.

A preliminary investigation reveals that Covlin and his dog were headed to North Dakota to go on a hunting trip. Covlin’s dog survived the crash. It was found inside a portable kennel at the scene.

The Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office is working with the FAA and NTSB to investigate the crash.

More details may be released in the future.

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