EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Authorities say one person was killed when a small plane crashed in an Eden Prairie church parking lot Wednesday morning.
Eden Prairie police Lt. Bill Wyffels says they received the call at 11:10 a.m. Wyffels says shortly after takeoff, Flying Cloud Airport said they got a report that a small single engine aircraft had a fire on board.
The plane crashed near a wooded area in the parking lot of Resurrection Life Church, about one and a half miles northwest of the airport.
Police say the pilot was killed, and no one else was on board. Metropolitan Airports Commission Spokesperson Patrick Hogan says the plane was an experimental aircraft.
"It is fortunate that it did not hit a building," Wyffels said. "It landed in the parking lot, there was no cars close proximity that it even damaged and everything was contained within the parking lot. So that part was fortunate, but it is an unfortunate event."
Wyffels said because the plane started on fire, there's too much damage to determine the make and model at this point.
A witness told police they saw the aircraft circling right before it went down.
Eden Prairie Police and Fire, and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating.
No roads in the area appeared to be closed, and Wyffels says police are working with the church to give that community limited access to the building.
"They've been very helpful for us today," he said.
EPPD and EPFD are responding to a report of a plane crash @ EP Rd. & Glory Ln. (just north of 212). Please avoid the area.— Eden Prairie PD (@EdenPrairiePD) October 4, 2017