UPDATE: St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis’ Exchange Student, Friend Killed In Plane Crash
ST. CLOUD — A family friend of Scott A. Olson has confirmed to WJON that he was the pilot of the small engine plane that crashed into a home in Sauk Rapids.
The name of the passenger on the plane, who was also killed, was 16-year-old Alexander Voigt. Voigt was a German foreign exchange student hosted by St. Cloud mayor Dave Kleis. Kleis says Olson was an experienced pilot who was giving Voigt the thrill of a lifetime by allowing him to take aerial pictures of the St. Cloud area.
Voigt was attending Technical High School. Investigators are waiting to officially release both names once the family of the passenger has been notified.
Olson was giving Voigt an aerial tour of the St. Cloud area so the teen could take photos. Voigt was scheduled to return to Germany this week.
Kleis says Voigt loved the Olson family and stayed with them numerous times during his ten months in St. Cloud. Kleis says he has been in communication with Voigt’s mother who is planning a trip to St. Cloud.
The plane crashed into a Sauk Rapids home on Friday night. One person was in the house at the time, but he was able to get out safely. No one on the ground was hurt.
Sauk Rapids police chief Perry Beise says his department is no longer involved in the incident. He says, since it’s not a criminal investigation, the police department is not working the case.
Their primary role during the incident on Friday night was just public safety, and crowd control.
The National Transportation Safety Board the the Federal Aviation Administration are continuing to investigate what caused the plane to crash.
Meanwhile, services have been set for Olson. Visitation for family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud and after 10:00 a.m. on Friday at Christ Church Newman Center in St. Cloud. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 27, 2014 at Christ Church Newman Center in St. Cloud.
Contributions made by The Associated Press.