Pilot of small 'experimental' airplane dies after it catches fire mid-air and crashes into a Minnesota church parking lot

Pilot of small ‘experimental’ airplane dies after it catches fire mid-air and crashes into a Minnesota church parking lot

The pilot of a small plane was killed on Wednesday after he crashed into a church parking lot in Minnesota.

The aircraft had taken off from the Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie shortly before the incident occurred. The identity of the pilot has yet to be disclosed.

Local authorities said shortly after 11am CST, a single passenger plane crashed outside the Resurrection Life Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, less than three miles away from the airport.

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A pilot from Minnesota dies after crashing into parking lot outside of a church in Eden Prairie

Local authorities said shortly after 11am a single passenger plane crashed outside the Resurrection Life Church in Eden Prairie

The plane caught fire before falling from the sky.

‘We did hear information from the airport that they did say there was a fire on board,’ police Lt. Bill Wyffels told The Star Tribune. 

Someone at the scene ‘saw the plane go into a circle right before it went down’, Wyffels added.

The Minnesota State Patrol and Eden Prairie police responded to the incident and closed off traffic towards the site of the crash.

The identity of the pilot has yet to be released publicly. Witnesses say that the plane caught fire before falling from the sky

The identity of the pilot has yet to be released publicly. Witnesses say that the plane caught fire before falling from the sky

Debris from the plane had wrapped around a lamppost outside the church and a large red screen was set-up to shield the wreckage.

No injuries or property damage was reported.

‘It is fortunate that it did not hit a building and landed in the parking lot,’ Wyffels said. ‘There were no cars in close proximity.’

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The Tribune citing Federal Aviation Administration records said the pilot was flying a Fisher Horizon 2 aircraft, described as an ‘experimental … amateur built’ plane with one engine.

The Tribune noted that the owner of the plane was a man from Richfield, a suburb of Minneapolis.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.

The pilot was flying a Fisher Horizon 2 aircraft, described as an 'experimental ... amateur built' plane (file photo)

The pilot was flying a Fisher Horizon 2 aircraft, described as an ‘experimental … amateur built’ plane (file photo)

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