Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Cessna 172I Skyhawk, N8488L: Fatal accident occurred September 13, 2020 in South Saint Paul, Minnesota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.

Harrier Aviation LLC


Date: 13-SEP-20

Time: 20:43:00Z
Regis#: N8488L
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 3
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

Washington County Sheriff's Office
-Update on Plane Crash-
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Commander Kyle Schenck
Date: 09/15/2020
ICR Number: WC20041232

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the Cottage Grove Police Department, Hennepin and Dakota Sheriff's Office Dive Teams, recovered two of the three occupants onboard the aircraft. 

Search conditions continue to be difficult due to the depth and debris from the wreckage. 

Identification information will not be provided until next of kin notifications have been completed. 

The incident is still under investigation with assistance from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office and the Federal Aviation Administration.  

No additional information available at this time.
Press Release Prepared By: Cmdr. Kyle Schenck

The bodies of two of the three people onboard a plane that crashed on Grey Cloud Island in south Washington County on Sunday have been recovered.

The bodies were recovered on Tuesday from a water-filled quarry by divers from local law enforcement agencies. 
Names of those who died will not be released until next of kin have been notified, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

A statement by the agency stated that “search conditions continue to be difficult due to the depth (of the water) and debris from the wreckage.”

Three people were in the Cessna 172I Skyhawk aircraft when it left Fleming Field Municipal Airport in South St. Paul sometime after 2 p.m. Sunday. Officials were notified that the plane was missing 8 p.m. Sunday night and found the first sign of wreckage — a tire from the airplane — three hours later in the gravel-rock pit on Lower Grey Cloud Island in Cottage Grove. The pit is operated by Aggregate Industries.

According to FlightAware.com, a service that tracks flights, a Cessna Skyhawk took off from Fleming Field at 2:28 p.m. It was last seen four minutes later.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Cottage Grove Police Department and the Hennepin County and Dakota County Sheriff’s Office Dive Teams, are working at the scene.

The incident is still under investigation with assistance from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration, the sheriff’s office said.



  1. This accident, combined with it's past known flight history, makes no sense at all. https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N8488L

  2. Flight history of the prior two weeks looks like the 172 does rental or flight school duty. That LLC has four aircraft and leasing is a common practice used by schools and FBO's.

    That FlightAware track for 13 September only shows a four minute period where the ADS-B signal was detected by a ground receiver. Can't interpret the accident circumstances from that brief glimpse.