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Single Engine Plane Downed in St. Louis River, Duluth, MN

Duluth, MN, USA | 2023-Feb-24

Initial Notification: USCG Marine Safety Unit Duluth is responding to a downed single-engine plane in the St. Louis River upriver of Lake Superior. The plane reportedly crashed into the ice at approximately 1730 CST on 24 February 2023, caught fire, then submerged. The fuel and worst-case discharge are unknown at this time but is estimated to be up to 90 gallons of 100 octane aviation gasoline. However, the initial report from the fire response was that most of the plane and its fuel were consumed in the fire. The ice cover is otherwise complete in the river, and the distance to the ice edge is approximately 4 miles downriver in Lake Superior. USCG MSU Duluth is seeking fate and transport information, as well as any relevant public safety recommendations.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Products of concern:100 Octane Aviation Gasoline
Total amount at risk of spill: 84 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 46° 43.63′ North
Longitude (approximate): 92° 8.88′ West