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.

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.

“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.

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

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