St. Cloud mayor remembers student killed in plane crash - KMSP-TV

St. Cloud mayor remembers student killed in Sauk Rapids plane crash

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KMSP) -

St. Cloud Mayor David Kleis and his family hosted Alexander Voigt, an exchange student from Germany, for 10 months and says he considered him a son. So did Scott Olson, the pilot who took him sightseeing, before the fatal plane crash.

His last selfless act was to make the dreams of a young man come true. On Friday evening, Olson, 60, agreed to take his young friend, 16-year-old Alexander Voigt for a plane ride above St. Cloud.

“His last text was, ‘I'm heading to the airport. I'll see you in a bit,’” Kleis recalled.

But Voigt never returned home.

The two men were on board a Brumwell RV-6 experimental airplane that plunged into a Sauk Rapids home. One man inside escaped unharmed. Before the crash, witnesses say they saw a larger aircraft flying near the single engine plane.

“The way that they were flying, it almost looked like if they kept going, they would have met. And then the big plane turned to the right, and the little plane, it looked like it turned towards the left,” Andrea Pocklington said.

Federal investigators are considering the possibility that wake turbulence coming from the Allegiant Airlines plane, landing nearby at St. Cloud Regional Airport, may have played a role in the crash.

Olson was a married father with four children and a pilot for Sun Country Airlines. Voigt attended St. Cloud Technical High School and stayed with Mayor Kleis and his family. He was heading home on Wednesday and had been waiting all year to take a plane trip, Kleis said.

Both men are now being remembered for their unique friendship, brought together by their passion for flying.

Mayor Kleis says Voigt’s parents are coming in from Germany this week to bring his body home. A memorial service for Olson will be held in St. Cloud on Friday.

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