UPDATE: Two Dead After Plane Crashes into Minnesota Home

Updated: 06/21/2014 7:03 PM
Created: 06/20/2014 9:24 PM

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say two people have died after their small plane crashed into a home in the central Minnesota city of Sauk Rapids.

Sauk Rapids Police Chief Perry Beise said Saturday the people in the single-engine plane were sightseeing in the area prior to crashing Friday night. The victims' names have not been released.

Beise says there was one person inside the home, which was set ablaze by the crash. The man was able to evacuate through a window.

Beise says the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

Neighbor Courtney Breth said she saw the small, white plane come around a larger plane then turned and "went straight down."

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June 20, 2014

(KSTP-TV) --  Fire crews have taped off the area where a small plane crashed into a home in Sauk Rapids Friday night, according to city officials.

It happened in a residential neighborhood, according Sauk Rapids Mayor Brad Gunderson. The home was fully engulfed in flames and the area was filled with smoke when officials arrived on the scene, Gunderson said. The incident happened around 8:30 p.m.

Gunderson said the fire was out around 10 p.m.

The St. Cloud Times reports the homeowner was not home at the time of the crash, but his brother-in-law was, and was not hurt.

No word on the pilot's condition.

Additional details were not immediately available.

Sauk Rapids located near St. Cloud, in Benton County.

Two are dead after a plane crashes into a home in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
Two are dead after a plane crashes into a home in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota