MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — One person is dead after a single-engine plane crashed inside a natural reserve near Rogers Saturday.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s office says it happened just after 11 a.m. inside the Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, located south of the Crow River.

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Several nearby residents that WCCO spoke to say Crow-Hassan is a popular park year-round for outdoor activities, including horseback riding, snowmobiling, hiking and walking. There are many trails, and on a such a nice weekend day it was very busy there — which makes it amazing that no one else was hurt.

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“There should be a lot of dog walkers out, snowmobilers everywhere, people out just enjoying the nice weather, kinda waiting to get outside all winter, so yeah, there should’ve been a lot of people out walking, so no shocker that a couple people uptown said they saw what happened,” St. Michael resident Carter Reese.

The crash happened in a remote part of the park. None of the activity trails were impacted by the crash.

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The investigation has been handed off to the National Transportation Safety Board. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office will release the victim’s identify and cause of death at a later date.

Marielle Mohs