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3 killed when plane hits house in Hermantown

Victims of Hermantown plane crash identified
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HERMANTOWN, Minn. -- Three people onboard a small airplane were killed when the aircraft crashed into a home in northern Minnesota late Saturday night.

Just before 12 a.m. Sunday, a Cessna 172 airplane crashed into a home in Hermantown, near Duluth.


The plane hit the second floor of the home and landed in the backyard. All three people onboard were killed. 

Police have identified the victims as Alyssa Schmidt, 32, of St. Paul, her brother, Matthew Schmidt, 31, of Burnsville, and the pilot Tyler Fretland, 32, of Burnsville.

Alyssa Schmidt District 196/Floyd Lentz/CBS

Alyssa Schmidt was a teacher at Echo Park Elementary School of Leadership, Engineering and Technology in Burnsville. A District 196 spokesperson said she was with the district since 2014, and had taught kindergarten and second and third grades.

"We are deeply saddened over the tragic loss of three lives, including an incredibly talented young teacher who positively impacted students every day," the district said.

The two people in the home were not hurt.

Floyd Lentz

Police said there are significant power outages associated with the accident.  

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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