NTSB releases initial report on plane crash
Firefighters battle the flames after a small plane crashed Friday into a home at 731 Garden Place in Sauk Rapids. (Photo: jason wachter, email@example.com )
The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report into the airplane crash Friday in Sauk Rapids that killed the pilot and passenger.
The brief report contains information already released publicly. A final report that is expected to reveal the cause of the crash could take months.
The report indicates that a Brumwell RV-6 plane took off from St. Cloud Regional Airport at about 8:10 p.m. Friday and crashed into a house about 24 minutes later. The house at 731 Garden Place in Sauk Rapids was destroyed; a man who was
inside the home at the time jumped from a second-floor window to safety.
The NTSB report doesn't identify the people in the plane, but they were pilot Scott A. Olson, 60, of St. Cloud, and Alexander Voigt, 16, a German foreign exchange student whose host in the United States was St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis.
The NTSB report indicates that the flight was not operating on a flight plan, which is common for flights of the type Olson was taking. Kleis said that Olson was taking Voigt on a sightseeing trip so Voigt could take photographs of the area before he went back to Germany.
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