UPDATE: Eveleth Police Identify Occupants in Weekend Plane Crash
EVELETH, Minn. – The Eveleth Police Department has identified the two occupants in Sunday’s plane crash in the area of Clyde Road and Bodas Road.
Authorities say they were dispatched to the area for a possible downed plane around 3:02 p.m.
Multiple agencies responded to the scene and discovered a plane had crashed in the marshy terrain but no occupants or victims were found.
Police say as search efforts continued they located 73-year-old Richard Zahasky and his wife 68-year-old Roseann Zahasky of Decorah Iowa walking in the wooded area near the crash site.
The couple was taken to a local area hospital and treated for minor injuries.
They were later released.
According to reports, the plane experienced engine problems after taking off from the Tower airport.
Zahasky attempted to land the plane at the Eveleth-Virginia airport before the crash.
The Eveleth-Virginia airport manager went up in his own plane to locate the crash.
“We could make out the tail section the fuselage and tail were there so we could tell it was an actual airplane there…but year seeing what was actually there and thinking now way anyone could survive this,” said Gary Ulman, the manager of Eveleth-Virginia airport.
The accident remains under investigation by the FAA.