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St. Cloud Mayor Talks About Victims of Sauk Rapids Plane Crash

Updated: 06/23/2014 9:39 PM
Created: 06/23/2014 10:22 AM KSTP.com

St. Cloud's mayor says the two people killed when a small plane crashed into a house in Sauk Rapids were a German foreign exchange student hosted by his family and a commercial pilot who was a friend.
    
Mayor Dave Kleis says 16-year-old Alexander Voigt and 60-year-old pilot Scott Olson were sightseeing when the single-engine plane hit a house Friday night.

Kleis can barely hold back his tears as he's dealing with the loss of a tremendous young man in his life.

"My heart is just...," he said with a sigh.

Voigt was living with Kleis for the past 10 months.    

"Alexander is just an unbelievable kid who was on top of the world," he said.

The small plane went right into a home with one person inside. Kleis says, being the mayor of St. Cloud, he received a text about a plane crash not knowing who died in the accident.

"But my first thought was it was Alexander and Scott," he said.

Olson was not only an aviation enthusiast but a commercial pilot for Sun Country for nearly 25 years. He stored his Brumwell RV-6 experimental plane in hanger 3 at St. Cloud Regional Airport.

Bill Towle, the Director of the airport, is also a good friend of Olson's.

"Just a super nice guy, in fact I happened to see him last week and we chatted for a half an hour sitting outside the gate. So always had a smile on his face," Towle said.

That's the way Kleis says he will remember both Olson and Voigt. The pain is almost unbearable.

"My heart goes out to Alexander's family, to Scott's family, it is a tragedy for three families and countless friends," he said.

Voigt was supposed to leave this Wednesday back to Germany. Kleis says even if he hadn't died it would have been tough seeing him leave. Voigt's parents will be here some time next week.

The man inside the house that the plane crashed into said he's happy to be alive, but at the same time his prayers go out to those who died.

Photo: Courtesy of City Administrator Ross Olson

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