MN Firefighters Rescue Pilot from Plane in Power Lines

A pilot escaped electrocution after his airplane became tangled in live wires in Scott County that likely saved him from a deadly crash on the ground.

Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.
Shakopee, MN, firefighters rescue a pilot whose airplane became entangled in live electrical wires Saturday in Scott County.
Shakopee, MN, firefighters rescue a pilot whose airplane became entangled in live electrical wires Saturday in Scott County.
Scott County, MN, Sheriff's Office

Getting tangled in Scott County electrical lines may well have saved the life of a pilot Saturday from a deadly crash on the ground. The pilot also was somehow spared electrocution when he flew his small plane into the live wires.

Thomas Koskovich, 65, of Shakopee flew into the power lines and became entangled about 4 p.m. Saturday, according to the Scott County sheriff’s office.

Authorities responding to a 9-1-1 call found the aircraft suspended upside down on the 2500 block of 150th Street West in Louisville Township, just south of Shakopee.

Koskovich was not seriously injured, and rescue crews got him safely to the ground once power to the lines was temporarily cut.

“This incident could have been much worse,” said Sheriff Luke Hennen. “We are grateful the pilot was able to walk away without any injuries.”

The investigation into the crash was turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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