A small plane crashed into a house in Minnesota killing three people. On Saturday night, just before midnight, the control tower at Duluth International Airport told the Hermantown Police Department that they had lost track of an airplane that they thought had crashed.
Authorities and the town’s fire department went to the last known location of the plane, which was about 1.5 miles from the airport. There, they found that a small plane had crashed into a house, according to a news release from the city.
The Cessna 172 plane hit the second floor and stopped in the backyard of the people who lived there, the news release says. According to the news release, the two people who lived in the house were not hurt, but all three people on the plane died.
The pilot of the plane, Tyler Fretland, was 32 years old and from Burnsville. Alyssa Schmidt, 32, was from St. Paul and her brother, Matthew Schmidt, 31, was from Burnsville.
After the accident, people were told to stay away from the area because the crash caused dangerous power outages. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are looking into what caused the crash.
Minnesota police investigating potentially fatal plane crash onto residential home. A plane crash left three dead in Hermantown last night. Officals say they were from the Twin Cities. They city is located just west of Duluth and about 150 miles north of Minneapolis. Hermantown
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Jason Hoffman, who owns the house, told FOX 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul said about the plane’s wreckage, “The plane’s tail was against the garage, and a wheel was in our bedroom.”
“I don’t think we’ve come to grips with it just yet,” he added. “It kind of comes and goes, a little bit of shock.” Hoffman also stated to the media that “Every time I think about the folks that passed away, it’s gut-wrenching.”
“Thinking about all the ‘What if?’ can drive you mad,” he said. “So, my wife and I, we just have to accept what happened, and we’re fortunate.”
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