A report made Tuesday morning to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office described a plane in distress. But following a massive search, nothing was found.

According to Sgt. Wade Rasch, a call came in just before 10:00am reporting an airplane in distress, "maybe smoke coming from it" he told GoMN.  A plane crash wasn't actually seen, but a massive search ensued including Northland, Grand Lake and Cotton fire departments as well as St. Louis County Rescue Squad, State Patrol, DNR, and local volunteers.

Local and regional airports in the area were contacted, but no airplanes were reported missing.

By 6:00pm Tuesday night, no evidence of a plane crash was found.

"So I don't know if it was a UFO or what," Rasch said.

It would make at least the third confirmed report of a UFO sighting in Minnesota in 2018. Two reports were made in January. 

And lest the idea of UFO's freaks you out, take heart from astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson, who in an interview with CNN reminds us that UFO simply means Unidentified Flying Object:

The universe brims with mysteries, and so just because you don't know what it is you're looking at doesn't mean it's intelligent aliens visiting from another planet."

Now we can all sleep better tonight.

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