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Brother, sister killed when plane crashes in Ashland County

Published: Oct. 24, 2021 at 1:18 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2021 at 12:01 PM CDT
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MARENGO, Wis. (AP) - The brother and sister who died when their small plane crashed into a house in a tiny, northern Wisconsin town were known to the homeowners, who escaped injury.

The single-engine plane went down Saturday afternoon in the Ashland County community of Marengo, home to about 400 residents located about 80 miles from Duluth, Minnesota.

The sheriff’s office says 29-year-old Aaron Mika and his 21-year-old sister, Aleah Mika died at the scene.

Martin Ollanketo says he and his wife were watching TV when they heard what sounded like a bomb. The plane crash destroyed their front porch. The homeowners knew the couple killed, recounting their graduation parties that they attended.

10/25 UPDATE: Names have been released of the occupants of the plane. Aleah MIka, and Aaron MIka. Witnesses say that...

Posted by Ashland County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, October 23, 2021

MARENGO, Wis. (AP) - Two people who died when their small plane crashed into a house in a tiny, northern Wisconsin town were known to the homeowners, who escaped injury.

The single-engine plane went down Saturday afternoon in the Ashland County community of Marengo, home to about 400 residents located about 80 miles from Duluth, Minnesota.

Martin Ollanketo says he and his wife were watching TV when they heard what sounded like a bomb. The plane crash destroyed their front porch.

The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office said the victims are a 29-year-old man and 21-year-old woman from Marengo. Ollanketo said he tried to help the victims, but to no avail. The homeowners knew the couple killed, recounting their graduation parties that they attended.

MARENGO, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say two people died when a single-engine plane crashed into a home in northeastern Wisconsin.

The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office received numerous 911 calls about 2:40 p.m. Saturday with reports of the crash in the town of Marengo, located about 80 miles (130 kilometers) from Duluth, Minnesota. No one on the ground was hurt, authorities said.

The sheriff’s department said the victims are a 29-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman from Marengo. Investigators do not believe anyone else was in the plane.

A news release from the sheriff’s department offered “deepest condolences to the family of the victims” and said the office will “share further information with the public regarding this incident as it becomes available.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. In a tweet posted Saturday afternoon, the NTSB describes the plane as an American Champion Aircraft 8KCAB.

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