A small plane carrying three people crashed into a house not far from an airport in northern Minnesota, but the two occupants of the house—along with their cat—were unharmed.
The Cessna 172 jet, according to Hermantown Police, crashed late Saturday through the second floor of the house near the Duluth airport before coming to rest in the backyard.
Alyssa Schmidt, 32, of St. Paul, her brother Matthew Schmidt, 31, of Burnsville, and the pilot Tyler Fretland, 32, of Burnsville have all been named as the victims by the police, according to CBS Minnesota.
When the plane crashed through the ceiling above his and his wife’s bed, Jason Hoffman told Minnesota Public Radio that they had been asleep for just over an hour.
We couldn’t hardly see each other through all the insulation dust. I was able to grab a flashlight next to the bed and the first thing I saw was an airplane wheel sitting at the end of our bed,” Hoffman said. “That’s when we looked out and noticed the entire back half our house was gone.”
According to Hoffman, the plane’s debris ended itself squished between his truck and the garage.
The crash will be looked into by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.