21-year-old pilot makes emergency crash landing in Minnesota cornfield

The 21-year-old crop duster walked away without injuries.
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A 21-year-old pilot walked away without injuries after making an emergency landing while crop dusting a cornfield in central Minnesota Thursday morning. 

The Stearns County Sheriff's Department says Jonathan Aslesen of Buffalo, Minnesota, was crop dusting a field north of Watkins in Luxemborg Township when he encountered a mechanical problem and was forced to make an emergency landing in the cornfield. 

Aslesen told authorities that the engine stalled at approximately 10:40 a.m. 

The field sustained some damage and the plane, owned by Classic Arrow Inc. in Buffalo, also had slight damage. 

Four plane incidents in the last week

It's the fourth plane crash/emergency landing in Minnesota since last Friday, with the previous three happening near Alexandria and Brainerd. 

The first involved a teenage pilot from Minnetonka, who crashed a single-engine plane into Lake Winona on the west side of Alexandria at around 7 p.m Friday. The teenager survived and was able to stand on top of the plane while a rescue boat was sent to retrieve him.

The second happened at 7:25 p.m. Saturday on in La Grande Township, which is just west of Alexandria. The pilot in that crash did not survive. His plane struck a power pole and crashed into a ditch, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said. 

The third was just east of the Brainerd airport when a plane went down on Monday morning, injuring two people in the aircraft. 

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