NTSB, FAA search for clues in plane crash

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. - Federal investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are looking into a plane crash that killed two people on board the single-engine plane and destroyed a Sauk Rapids home Friday evening.

Multiple witnesses described the appearance of a second larger airplane moments before the fatal crash.

"I just saw the big airplane just flying really low and the little airplane followed not too far behind it. And then it just kind of lost control" said Allie Steinbach, who said she lives near the 700 block of Garden Place in Sauk Rapids.

Aviation records indicate the fixed wing single-engine plane is registered to Scott Olson of St. Cloud. A spokesperson for the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office said the identification of the individuals onboard the plane are "pending."

Sauk Rapids Police Chief Perry Beise said, "this area [of Sauk Rapids], when the wind is in the right direction, is in the flight path to the St. Cloud Airport."

Beise added, "there was a commercial airplane flying towards the St. Cloud airport shortly before the crash."

According to Flightaware.com, an Allegiant Air flight from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway arrived at St. Cloud Regional at 8:30 p.m.

A spokesperson for Allegiant Air said the company is "assisting the NTSB with their investigation. We send our thoughts to the pilot and passenger on board the aircraft."


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