Skip to main content

Sheriff: Witnesses saw plane 'performing aerial maneuvers' before fatal crash in Wisconsin

The single-engine aircraft went down in Marengo, Wisconsin, killing a brother and sister.

Authorities say a single-engine plane had been reportedly "performing aerial maneuvers" at the time it crashed in northern Wisconsin, killing the brother and sister who were onboard.

The fatal crash, which happened around 2:40 p.m. Saturday near Marengo, Wisconsin, killed 21-year-old Aleah Mika and 29-year-old Aaron Mika, the Ashland County Sheriff's Office said Monday. Social media profiles indicate the two were siblings who were from the area where the crash occurred. Aaron had listed St. Paul as his most recent city of residence.

They were the plane's only occupants, authorities said.

In Monday's brief update, the sheriff's office said the NTSB and FAA are still investigating. The department also revealed that witness accounts "say that the plane was performing aerial maneuvers when the accident took place," according to the update.

The plane crashed into a residence in the small town, located about 80 miles southeast of Duluth. Nobody on the ground was injured.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Next Up

Nicholas Kraus

Man sentenced for fatally striking woman during Uptown protest

Nicholas Kraus, 36, of St. Paul drove into a protest in Uptown last year, killing Deona Marie Knajdek.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Fleeing suspect crashes into vehicle in Woodbury, 2 injured

The crash occurred Friday afternoon after a pursuit with Woodbury police.

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 2.34.44 PM

Yes, that's MN native Jenny Taft in a State Farm commercial

Jenny Taft got her broadcasting career started in Minneapolis in 2011.

crime scene tape - police tape

23-year-old woman critical after shooting in Plymouth

A 23-year-old woman was shot Friday night in Plymouth.

white Christmas

2 MN towns among most 'magical' winter locations in the country

The list was compiled by Trips Discover and published earlier this month.

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 8.27.12 AM

St. Olaf football player charged after fatal crash in Chicago

The 18-year-old is accused of speeding and going the wrong way when he crashed into a vehicle that may have been attempting to flee police.

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 7.41.18 AM

Woman 34 weeks pregnant injured by drunk driver in Cottage Grove

The 49-year-old suspected of DUI was booked into jail around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.


2 dead, 5 injured in Thanksgiving Day crash near Alexandria

The crash involved two people from Alexandria and five from Bloomington.

Screen Shot 2022-11-25 at 6.44.11 PM

Lengthy standoff in Prior Lake ends late Friday night

The suspect allegedly assaulted an officer outside Kwik Trip, fled and broke into a home.

snow - 12-10-21 - Joe Nelson - 5

Accumulating snow possible in Twin Cities next week

The storm system could arrive in the Tuesday-Wednesday timeframe.

Target store snow

With Black Friday barely underway, Target reveals Cyber Monday deals

Plans for the two-day sale were revealed Friday morning.

Screen Shot 2022-11-25 at 9.37.25 AM

Man waves replica assault weapon at drivers in downtown Minneapolis

The alarming incident was spotted by the new MPD chief, Brian O'Hara.


plane, Piper PA-32

2 dead after plane crashes near residence in rural Wisconsin

The aircraft also struck the house during the crash.

plane, Piper PA-32

Plane crash wreckage found near northern Minnesota airport

The small aircraft reportedly went down Sunday afternoon.

plane, Piper PA-32

Plane that went missing located in water-filled quarry, recovery efforts begin

The plane went missing Sunday, and crews located the plane Monday. Now they'll work to recover the wreckage.


2 dead after plane en route to Red Wing airport crashes

The plane crashed around 1:40 p.m. Tuesday near the Mississippi River.

anoka county sheriff's office squad

19-year-old killed after motorcycle crashes into pickup

The Ramsey man was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.


2 dead in head-on crash following passing maneuver

A Minnesota man and a Texas man were killed.

Screen Shot 2022-09-08 at 9.00.04 AM

Former hockey player, flight instructor ID'd as pair killed in plane crash

The plane went down near the Mississippi River while on its way to Red Wing.


1 dead in early morning crash on I-494 in east metro

The State Patrol closed two lanes for a period of time after the wreck.