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Pilot, 29, called sister-in-law to tell her to watch him fly over 5 minutes before crash

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Pilot of small plane, 29, called his sister-in-law to tell her to watch him and his younger sister, 21, fly overhead five minutes before he crashed the airplane attempting an aerial loop maneuver, killing them both

  • Pilot Aaron Mika, 29, and his sister Aleah Miller, 21, were killed just five minutes after Mika called his sister-in-law to tell her they were flying over her house 
  • Witnesses saw the propeller plane ‘performing aerial maneuvers’ on October 23
  • The plane’s wing clipped the side of a house before its nose slammed into the ground 










The pilot of a small propeller plane called his sister-in-law to beckon her outside as he and his newlywed sister flew over the woman’s Wisconsin home just five minutes before the wing of the aircraft clipped a house as he attempted an aerial loop, killing the siblings. 

Aaron Mika, 29, took his 21-year-old sister Aleah Miller for a flight in a the two-seater plane on October 23. Witnesses said the plane was flying ‘pretty low’ and ‘performing aerial maneuvers’ before it crashed, according to the Ashland County Sheriff’s Department. 

Mika, who graduated with an engineering degree, had quit his firm and worked as a flight instructor and a float plane pilot in Alaska and California since 2020, according to his obituary. 

His sister got married just two weeks before the crash. 

The siblings flew from Ashland, where the pair grew up, to Marengo, about 40 miles away. 

Aaron’s sister-in-law told the National Transportation Safety Board that Mika called her from the plane at her Marengo home around 2.30 pm, telling her to come outside to watch the little red-and-white plane fly overhead.

Both of the plane's wings were torn off by the impact and found about 20 feet from where the body of the plane came to rest. Both Mika and Miller were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at approximately 2.40 pm on October 23

Both of the plane’s wings were torn off by the impact and found about 20 feet from where the body of the plane came to rest. Both Mika and Miller were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at approximately 2.40 pm on October 23

National Transportation Safety Board investigators inspected the jumbled remains of the aircraft and found no problems with the plane itself that would have caused or contributed to the crash

National Transportation Safety Board investigators inspected the jumbled remains of the aircraft and found no problems with the plane itself that would have caused or contributed to the crash

Aaron Mika (bottom right) worked as a flight instructor and a float plane pilot in Alaska and California since 2020. His family said he was 'an avid investigator of all his world had to offer'

Aaron Mika (bottom right) worked as a flight instructor and a float plane pilot in Alaska and California since 2020. His family said he was ‘an avid investigator of all his world had to offer’

Aleah Miller (right) was just married two weeks before the crash after completing an 18-month-long church mission in Utah

Aleah Miller (right) was just married two weeks before the crash after completing an 18-month-long church mission in Utah

The plane passed over ‘multiple times at a low altitude’ as she watched, according to the organization’s report on the accident, before Mika attempted an ‘aerodynamic loop maneuver’ midair, which was captured on video by a witness. 

After inverting at the top of the loop to fly upside-down, the plane righted itself as it descended. 

During the descent portion of the loop, before Mika could pull back up, the plane’s right wing struck a nearby house and slammed nose-first into the ground near the stunned relative’s home. 

Miller joined the National Guard shortly after graduating from high school in 2018 before attending the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and setting out on an 18-month church mission to Utah

Mika attended University of Minnesota-Duluth for a degree in civil engineering, and worked at engineering firm TKDA for several years before diverting to pursue his passion for flight. His family said he was 'an avid investigator of all his world had to offer'

Aaron Mika (right) and Aleah Miller (left) flew from Ashland, where the pair grew up, to Marengo, about 41 miles away. Mika studied civil engineering and worked at engineering firm TKDA for several years before pursuing licenses for flying and flight instruction, and Miller had just returned from an 18-month church retreat and intended on returning to college at University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire

Witnesses said the plane was 'performing aerial maneuvers' before it crashed, said the Ashland County Sheriff's Department

Witnesses said the plane was ‘performing aerial maneuvers’ before it crashed, said the Ashland County Sheriff’s Department

The plane passed over 'multiple times at a low altitude' as she watched, according to the organization's report on the accident, before Mika attempted an 'aerodynamic loop maneuver' midair, which was captured on video (pictured) by a witness

The plane passed over ‘multiple times at a low altitude’ as she watched, according to the organization’s report on the accident, before Mika attempted an ‘aerodynamic loop maneuver’ midair, which was captured on video (pictured) by a witness

After inverting at the top of the loop to fly upside-down, the plane righted itself as it descended

After inverting at the top of the loop to fly upside-down, the plane righted itself as it descended

Both of the plane’s wings were torn off by the impact and found about 20 feet from where the fuselage came to rest. Both Mika and Miller were pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 2.40 pm.

No one on the ground injured. 

NTSB investigators inspected the crumpled remains of the aircraft and found no problems with the plane itself that would have caused or contributed to the crash, the report said. 

Mika graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a degree in civil engineering, and worked at engineering firm TKDA for several years before quitting to pursue his passion for flight. 

His family said he  was ‘an avid investigator of all his world had to offer.’

Miller joined the National Guard shortly after graduating from high school in 2018 before attending the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and setting out on an 18-month church mission to Utah. 

Upon returning she married the ‘love of her life,’ Kenneth James Miller, and planned to return to school to finish her degree. 

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