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Two Iowans survive northern MN plane crash

airplane crash scene near Eveleth, MN

EVELETH, Minn. (KBJR) -- The two survivors of a plane crash in northern Minnesota are identified as 73-year-old pilot Richard Zahasky, and his 68-year-old wife, Roseann Zahasky both of Decorah, Iowa.

They've been treated at a nearby hospital for minor injuries and have since been released.

The Piper PA-32 plane went down after 3 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Bodas and Clyde Roads in Fayal Township.

It was reported the airplane had been heading back to Iowa when it experienced engine problems and the pilot attempted to land at the Eveleth-Virginia airport. It had taken off from Tower Municipal Airport.

"It's crazy how two people survived," said Eveleth-Virginia airport manager Gary Ulman.

Ulman said the last time he was called in to assist in a plane crash was when a plane carrying the late Senator Paul Wellstone, family members, and campaign staffers went down on October 25, 2002.

Wellstone's plane was en route to Eveleth when it crashed two miles from the airport.

Sunday's crash remains under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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