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Suburban Twin Cities man killed in plane crash in northern Minnesota

The crash happened shortly after takeoff from the Ely Airport.

A 58-year-old Woodbury man was killed in a plane crash late Thursday night in northern Minnesota. 

According to the Federal Aviation Administration's preliminary crash report, the pilot crashed into White Iron Lake shortly after takeoff from the Ely Airport. The report says the crash happened "under unknown circumstances." 

The Lake County Sheriff's Office said the crash was reported at 11:08 p.m., noting that the pilot took off from Ely Airport around 9 p.m. and was flying towards the Grand Marais/Cook County Airport.

The Woodbury man was the only person in the aircraft, authorities said. His name hasn't been released. 

Crash report details from the FAA shows that the victim was flying a Lancair Super ES, which cruises up to a speed of 225 mph and can hold up to four people, according to the maker. 

The crash remains under investigation. 

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