Private plane crashes into home

Crash of small plane into house investigated; 3 dead – ABC News

A small plane crashed into a home in Minnesota on Saturday night, killing three people.

Hermantown police received word just before midnight that a small airplane had left the radar at Duluth International Airport and crashed, its last known location about a mile south of the airport.

Firefighters and officers from multiple agencies responded to the area and found a Cessna 172 hit a house.

The plane struck the second floor of the home before coming to rest in the backyard of the property in the 5100 block of Arrowhead Road. Neither of the two occupants of the house were injured, according to the release.

There were three people on the plane who died, according to the authorities. They are identified by the city of Hermantown as Alyssa Schmidt, 32, of St. Paul, her brother, Matthew Schmidt, 31, of Burnsville, and the pilot, Tyler Fretland, 32, of Burnsville.

Local media reported that the crash left a hole in the home’s roof and knocked down a section of its second floor.

There is no clear explanation for why the plane crashed. According to the city, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

An inquiry has been sent to both agencies for comment.

A suburb west of Duluth, Hermantown is located on the western shore of Lake Superior.

For more coverage on this story, check the following additional news sources:

  1. Crash of small plane into house investigated; 3 dead  ABC News
  2. A plane crashed into a Minnesota home, killing three people  CNN
  3. Plane Crashes Into Minnesota Home Killing All Three Passengers, Residents Survive  NBC News
  4. Victims identified in Hermantown plane crash that killed 3  KSTP
  5. 3 Dead After Small Plane Crashes into Minnesota Home: ‘It’s Gut-Wrenching,’ Says Homeowner  PEOPLE