EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Two people have died Wednesday in a fiery small airplane crash shortly after takeoff from Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory confirmed the deaths.
Cory says the twin-engine Beechcraft 18 had left the airport and was returning to the airport when it crashed. She says the plane was heading to Wisconsin.
A database maintained by Landings.com listed the plane as registered to an Osceola, Wis., address.
City of Eden Prairie spokeswoman Joyce Lorentz says the plane was trying to take off between 11:30 a.m. and noon Wednesday when it "started wobbling back and forth and went down" in the yard of a historic home owned by the city of Eden Prairie.
The plane crashed near the Cummins-Grill house, an old farmstead built in the late 1800s that is owned by the city and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. People in orange vests walked around the wreckage stuck on the ground between two trees.
The crash was reported to 911 at 11:38 a.m. Wednesday, said Katie Beal, an Eden Prairie spokeswoman. No one was inside the house, which is used only at Christmas, Beal said.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.