Dec. 11 , 2006

Student with Cokato ties killed in airplane crash

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

Jake Sundblad of Annandale died in a plane crash Dec. 1 near Crookston.

Sundblad, 19, was the grandson of Clifford Sundblad of Cokato. After the funeral Wednesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Annandale, Sundblad was interred in the cemetery of North Crow River Lutheran Church, Cokato, where he used to attend church.

Sundblad is the son of Allen and Carla Sundblad of Annandale. He was attending the University of North Dakota school of aviation, and was a member of the ROTC. When the crash occurred he was two weeks shy of getting his private pilot’s license. Sundblad intended to be a helicopter pilot.

Sundblad was a passenger, however, in the single-engine Cessna C-1721 involved in the crash, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The plane was piloted by Jacob E. Rueth, 18, of Orland Park, Ill.

Sundblad and Rueth flew the plane out of Crookston Regional Airport at 5:30 p.m. to practice takeoffs and landings. They were supposed to return at 7:30 p.m.

The crashed plane was found about 1:40 a.m. in a farm field about two miles from the airport. High winds and snow may have contributed to the accident, according to the airport manager Lowell Miller.

Sundblad had been home to Annandale to see his family during the Thanksgiving holiday.

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