A fund has been established at a Sartell bank for the victim of a residential plane crash that happened the evening of June 20 in Sauk Rapids.
BankVista announced June 23 it has established a Jeffrey Hille Benefit Fund. Hille is the owner of the house that was completely destroyed by the crash and the fire that followed.
Funds can be made in person at BankVista or checks can be made out to Jeffery Hille Benefit Fund and mailed to BankVista, 125 Twin Rivers Court, Sartell, MN 56377.
At 8:30 p.m. June 20, a single-engine plane suddenly veered from the sky and crashed into the roof of Hille’s home in a residential neighborhood. Hille was not home at the time of the disaster, but his brother-in-law was at the home as a guest when it happened. He escaped by jumping from a second-story window.
Hille is a teacher and baseball coach at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School.
The pilot and a passenger in the plane died in the crash. The pilot, Scott Olson, 60, was a commercial St. Cloud pilot. His passenger, Alexander Voigt, 16, was a foreign-exchange student from Germany who was hosted by St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis. He was due to return to Germany this week.
Olson had agreed to take Voigt on a sightseeing flight over the St. Cloud area. Voigt had attended St. Cloud Tech High School this past year.
His family in Germany will fly to St. Cloud to claim their son’s body.