SAUK RAPIDS, MN (WTAQ) - A federal agency has issued a preliminary report about last Friday's crash in Minnesota, in which a plane struck a house while ex-Green Bay Packer Kole Heckendorf was inside.
The National Transportation Safety Board did not list a cause of the crash. It killed 60-year-old pilot Scott Olson and his passenger, a 16-year-old foreign exchange student.
The report said Olson was flying an experimental plane which took off from St. Cloud Minnesota around 8:10 last Friday night, and crashed into the home in Sauk Rapids 24 minutes later.
A final report on the crash won't be out for at least several weeks.
Heckendorf, a football standout at Mosinee High School in central Wisconsin, was staying with his brother-in-law until he could move into a house with his new wife. Heckendorf jumped out a second story window and escaped without injury.
The Packers signed him as an undrafted receiver in 2009. He was with a total of 5 NFL teams over a four-year period, without playing in a regular season game.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)