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Former NFL receiver Kole Heckendorf survives plane crashing into house

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Former NFL wide receiver Kole Heckendorf survived a plane crashing into the house in which he was staying on Friday.

According to Kia Farhang of the Dickinson Press, Heckendorf and his brother-in-law Jeff Hille had returned home from a golf tournament to Hille’s residence on Friday afternoon. Heckendorf was alone in the house after 8 p.m. upstairs in a bedroom when a small plane crashed into the house.

I didn’t really have time to do anything,” Heckendorf said.

Heckendorf was knocked off his feet but was able to climb out of the house through an upstairs window. However, the two people on board the plane were killed and Heckendorf’s dog, Storm, also was killed in the crash. In addition, the house was full of furniture awaiting the Heckendorfs’ move into a new house. All of which was lost in the fire.

Heckendorf played for five teams during his brief NFL career. A standout for North Dakota State University, Heckendorf signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He was released by the Packers during the preseason and was signed to the Detroit Lions practice squad. He also spent time with the Seattle Seahawks, San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts over his three years, but never appeared in a regular season game.

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17 Responses to “Former NFL receiver Kole Heckendorf survives plane crashing into house”
  1. drsimester says: Jun 23, 2014 11:23 PM

    Holy crap

  2. thereyougo2 says: Jun 23, 2014 11:23 PM

    Former NFL receiver?

    Who never appeared in any games.

  3. purplengold says: Jun 23, 2014 11:30 PM

    near misses have saved his life, what’s in store next?

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 23, 2014 11:34 PM

    I’ll assume this happened in North Dakota with Kia Farhang reporting on an incident involving Kole Heckendorf.

  5. wilmyers09 says: Jun 23, 2014 11:50 PM

    glad he survived

  6. tinytoolalldrool says: Jun 24, 2014 12:07 AM

    Amazing story I feel bad for him but on the other hand he is lucky to be alive.

  7. seadawgs72 says: Jun 24, 2014 12:15 AM

    Sounds like luck was on his side. Or maybe not considering a plane literally landed in his house.

  8. dannymac17 says: Jun 24, 2014 12:18 AM

    Saw this on reddit. Didnt realize the guy in the house was a former NFL player. Crazy times.

  9. sportsbastard says: Jun 24, 2014 1:19 AM

    RIP Storm

  10. defscottyb says: Jun 24, 2014 6:14 AM

    Lucky man

  11. zam0854 says: Jun 24, 2014 7:16 AM

    Crazy story!

  12. hrmlss says: Jun 24, 2014 8:33 AM

    The chance of a plane crashing into a house? don’t know but really big odds. The Chance of a plane crashing into a house and there being a former NFL player in it? Like probably to a millionth degree higher. Nice find PFT.

  13. nomar8477 says: Jun 24, 2014 10:10 AM

    Thats crazy…OK back to not knowing who the hell Kole Heckendorf is.

  14. twelsh36446 says: Jun 24, 2014 10:19 AM

    Lucky he’s alive, but unlucky he lost his belongings and his dog. I once told my wife either that dog has to go or I go. I moved out two days later.

  15. thebirdsareback says: Jun 24, 2014 10:19 AM

    The Ravens are Unbelievable

  16. purpleguy says: Jun 24, 2014 11:13 AM

    Two people died in this plane crash, one of which was a 16 year old exchange student visiting from Germany. Furniture and a house can be replaced, those that are dead can’t.

  17. nyneal says: Jun 24, 2014 4:37 PM

    Wow — what are the odds of that happening? I feel for Heckendorf, but the dead ones were not as lucky as he was.
    In the early 1960’s, I saw a department store in Pennsylvania called Johns Bargain Store which had been crashed into by a commerical airline the day before. It was an unbelievable sight to witness. The store was a good sized store — similar to a K-Mart today, and it was literally smashed to bits.
    I will never forget seeing the tail of the airliner still standing above the wrecked store and the firemen still putting water on the scene. It was the closest thing I have ever seen to a site which has been bombed. Just horrible.

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