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August 31, 2014

Survivor recalls plane crash that took friend’s life

Dan Steffen, 55, Crosslake, died Sunday morning after his small airplane crashed into Upper Whitefish Lake near Crosslake. His long-time friend Frederick “Rick” Hammer Jr. tells the Brainerd Dispatch, “When we hit the water, it came pouring into the plane and everything hurt like crazy. I grabbed my safety belt and got out. I was trying to get to Dan but I couldn’t get to him. I was helpless. My arms and legs weren’t working.”