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A man who died in a plane crash in Minnesota earlier this week was scattering his father’s ashes, police said.
Lee Cemensky, 58, died on Sunday August 28, 2022, just weeks after his father passed away after boarding a “homemade” plane usually used to help tourists tour the city to pay their respects to his father, KLAS-TV reported.
The flight was abruptly terminated as it unexpectedly crashed in north-central Minnesota, killing Cemensky, who was a passenger, and Douglas Johnson, the 61-year-old man operating the plane.
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Lt. Craig Katzenberger of the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office said investigators learned that Cemensky’s father, Leo John Cemensky, died on August 7 and that young Cemensky was scattering his father’s ashes during the fatal flight. .
The plane crash happened shortly before 7 p.m. as the plane attempted to land, officials said.
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Cemensky returned to Minnesota earlier in the year from Las Vegas, Nevada, after selling his full-service auto repair shop, Brakes Plus. He sold the business in February before moving to Fifty Lakes, Minnesota, KLAS reported.
According to the report, Joseph Hunter, who bought the business from Cemensky, described him as a “good guy” who was “good with all of his customers.”
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Cemensky owned the store for more than two decades.
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The Federal Aviation Administration continued to investigate the cause of the crash.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.