Per a report from the Associated Press, the two people who were asleep inside the residence at the time of the Cessna 172 plane’s crash on Saturday were left uninjured. The couple’s cat was also unharmed by the crash, while all three individuals on board the plane have been confirmed to have died.
The crash took place in the Hermantown area. In a statement, the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed it would be investigating the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration is also investigating.
The Hermantown Police Department has revealed the identities of the three people aboard the small plane at the time of the crash as siblings Alyssa Schmidt (32) and Matthew Schmidt (31), as well as pilot Tyler Fretland (32). In a prior statement, police said they were notified by Duluth International Airport officials shortly before midnight on Oct. 1 that a small plane “had left radar and was believed to be crashed.”
Speaking with Minnesota Public Radio, Jason Hoffman—who was sleeping inside the home alongside his wife at the time of the fatal crash—opened up about the harrowing experience. Per Hoffman, the first thing he noticed once he was able to grab a flashlight was “an airplane wheel sitting at the end of our bed.”