Authorities Identify Mississippi River Plane Crash Victim, Locate Wreckage

October 14, 2017 11:12 PM

Authorities identified the woman who was killed in a small plane crash that occurred Friday night on the Mississippi River in the north metro.

Lt. Brent Erickson of the Anoka County Sheriff's Office identified the woman as Jill Marie Rygwall, of Princeton. Erickson said Rygwall was in the plane with her husband, who has yet to be identified.


Princeton School District Superintendent Julia Espe said Rygwall worked as a paraprofessional for the district.

"Jill was very kind in her work with special needs students, helping them to meet their goals," Espe aid. "She will be greatly missed."

Erickson said the two flew out of the Princeton airport. Family told investigators Rygwall's husband has been flying for five years.

RELATED: River Search Continues After Small Plane Crash Kills at Least 1 in Anoka

Authorities were also able to locate the wreckage 300 yards down river from where the crash occurred, along the border of Anoka and Ramsey. Erickson said it is believed the body of Rygwall's husband is in the same area.

Pieces of the plane have not been able to be recovered due to the conditions of the river.

"It's going to be extremely challenging," Erickson said. "Very dangerous for the rescuers."

According to investigators, the single-engine Cessna took a nosedive after the pilot hit a power line and lost control of the plane. The incident was reported just before 5:45 p.m. Friday night.

A representative from the National Transportation board has been sent to the area to help authorities with the investigation.




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