Pilot, father of 4 who died in Princeton crash identified


Investigators say the pilot of the small plane that crashed Monday afternoon in Princeton, Minn., was Kevin Covlin, 51, of Princeton, the father of four daughters who had been headed to North Dakota with his hunting dog, the Star Tribune reports.

Colvin was the only person aboard the single-engine Piper plane. His dog survived the crash west of the Princeton Municipal Airport at about 12:45 p.m., the Associated Press reported.

The plane briefly caught fire, the Star Tribune reports. Investigators have not yet said what caused the crash.

Colvin's 20-year-old business, which specializes in installing and renovating gymnasium flooring, was the subject of a profile in the Princeton Union-Eagle newspaper just last week.

FLR Sanders's customers have included the University of Iowa, Mankato State University, St. Cloud State University and the school districts of Princeton, Cambridge-Isanti, St. Francis and Milaca. The company website has photos of some of the metro-area floors FLR Sanders has worked on, including floors at Apple Valley and Edina high schools.

The Union-Eagle story says Colvin met his wife, Debbie, a partner in the business, when she was a jet pilot.

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