Grieving son, 58, dies alongside pilot while scattering father’s ASHES from amphibious plane

Grieving son, 58, dies alongside pilot while scattering his father’s ASHES from crashed amphibious plane during memorial flight

  • Lee Cemensky, 58, and Douglas A. Johnson, 61, died in Minnesota crash
  • Police were called to a rural area after the plane failed to reach its destination
  • They found the two men dead at the scene about two hours later, around 8:30 p.m.
  • Officers found Cemensky had scattered his father’s ashes

By Olivia Devereux-evans for Mailonline

Published: 09:31 BST, 2 September 2022 | Updated: 09:46 BST, 2 September 2022

A grieving son died alongside a pilot while scattering his father’s ashes from an amphibious plane that crashed during a memorial flight.

Lee Cemensky, 58, was the passenger of an amphibious aircraft operated by Douglas A. Johnson, 61.

Police were called to a rural area outside Emily, about 150 miles north of Minneapolis, as the plane failed to reach its destination.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services, according to The Hitc.

Deputies at the scene Sunday night discovered Lee had scattered his father’s ashes, according to Lt. Craig Katzenberger of the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office.

Lee Cemensky, 58, was a passenger on an amphibious aircraft operated by Douglas A. Johnson, 61. Pictured: A small seaplane flying near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (stock image)

An online obituary says her father, Leo John, died at his home on August 7 in Fifty Lakes.

Leo is survived by his wife Vikki, one son and one daughter, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Katzenberger added that the sheriff’s office investigation is still active.

Lee had sold his business, Brakes Plus, in Las Vegas in February to move back to Minnesota.

Brakes Plus director Joseph Hunter, who bought the business from him on February 28, said he was “a nice guy…good to all his customers”.

Prior to the accident, the Swan had been used for tourists and sightseeing in Emily, Minnesota.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Pictured: A small plane (stock image)

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Pictured: A small plane (stock image)

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