Message from the City of Victoria (August 9, 2021)
This weekend, our community experienced a tragic incident near the heart of our city. On Saturday evening, a small private plane crashed in a vacant lot less than a block away from our downtown business district full of community members and visitors. While we are thankful that everyone on the ground was safe, sadly, the passengers of the plane did not survive the crash. Our community mourns with their family and friends for the loss of their lives.
In the aftermath of this tragic event, we have seen our community come together once again to help each other in a time of need – whether those that witnessed and rushed to the scene, or those who have been supporting the response efforts in the hours and days after – we are so appreciative of all of you.
Thank you to our emergency responders, who quickly responded to the event and have logged countless hours over the last few days to manage and secure the site and reroute traffic. At the center of this effort was the Victoria Fire Department under the leadership of Fire Chief Andrew Heger and the Carver County Sheriff’s Office under the leadership of Sheriff Jason Kamerud.
We would also like to show our appreciation for our partners from our extended community, who aided in the effort, including the fire departments from Chanhassen, Chaska, Watertown, St. Bonifacius, Cologne, Shakopee, Excelsior, Waconia, and Mdewakanton Public Safety. Thank you also to the Minnesota State Patrol, Ridgeview Medical Center, Three Rivers Park District, MnDOT, the chaplains, and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office who supported these efforts. Finally, thank you to our City Manager and Public Works team, who were on the scene to help in the management of the response.
We are also so appreciative of our local business owners and residents who also stepped up in a variety of ways to help out. Local businesses offered their services to provide support and nourishment to emergency responders during their long, and sometimes traumatic, shifts, while others in our community have reached out to offer support for the residents displaced by the incident or offered equipment to help secure the scene for the investigation.
Early Sunday morning, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were on the scene to begin their on-site investigation. On Sunday evening, NTSB, as the lead of the investigation, confirmed several details on the incident during a press briefing, including that there were three people on board the single-engine Mooney M20 with a flight path from Alexandria Municipal Airport to Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie.
NTSB has indicated that a preliminary report will be made available in two weeks, and a full report of the incident will be released within 12-18 months. While several news sources have identified the victims from the crash, the Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet officially released the names of the deceased.
Thank you to everyone for your efforts over the past few days. We are grateful for everyone’s support and patience as we work to manage the continuing impacts of the incident in the coming days.
As we start this week, consider taking a moment to reach out to your own loved ones or help someone in need to honor those that lost their lives in Victoria this weekend. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with them and their family and friends.
Mayor Debra McMillan on behalf of the Victoria City Council
National Transportation Safety Board Report Released
The National Transportation Safety Board released the preliminary report regarding the aviation accident on August 7, 2021 in Victoria, Minnesota.
Media Inquiries Regarding the Airplane Crash on August 7, 2021:
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has taken the lead on the investigation of the airplane crash that occurred on August 7, 2021 near downtown Victoria, Minnesota. A preliminary report will be made available in approximately two weeks. Media inquiries can be directed to the NTSB for further information on the incident.
Press Briefing from the National Transportation Safety Board:
Press were welcome to attend a press briefing hosted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) at 4 p.m. CT on August 8, 2021. As the lead agency investigating the airplane crash in Victoria, Minnesota, they were able to provide more information on the incident. It occurred in the Floyd’s Bar parking lot at the intersection of Rose Street and Highway 5 in Victoria.
Press Release from the City of Victoria and Carver County Sheriff's Office:
Incident Involving Plane Crash in Victoria, Minn. — August 7, 2021 (PDF)