Seven people were killed in two crashes involving small planes in Minnesota and Wisconsin on Monday, the first crash in Polk County, Wis., the second a few hours later in Pipestone County, Minn.
4 killed in Alden Township, Wis.
Four other people were killed in another small plane crash on Monday night just east of the Minnesota border in Polk County, Wis. The aircraft had departed the New Richmond Regional Airport about 10 minutes before to the crash.
Polk County sheriff's officials confirmed the small plane crashed near Alden Township, Wis. on Monday around 5:30 p.m., about 30 miles northeast of Hudson.
Witnesses indicated that the single-engine airplane nose-dived and crashed in a field north of 30th Ave. and east of 150th Street.
"Deputies responding found a single engine Beechcraft aircraft burning in the field. When the fire had been extinguished by responding fire units, the remains of 4 occupants were located in the airplane," Polk County Sheriff's Office said in a press release.
The Polk County sheriff's office identified pilot as 44-year-old, Daniel P. Ortner of North Hudson.
Passengers of the aircraft are identified as:
Eric J. Larson, age 47 of Hudson
Michael J. Larson, age 20 of Hudson (son of Eric Larson)
Matthew E. Larson, age 18 of Hudson (son of Eric Larson)
The Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office, FAA and NTSB are investigating.
3 killed in Holland, Minn.
Three people died after a small plane went down in a cornfield in southwest Minnesota on Monday night.
Pipestone County sheriff’s officials said the small fixed-wing airplane went down in a corn field south of Holland, Minn. around 8:13 p.m., and first responders located it on a waterway in Grange Township Section 13, about 55 miles northeast of Sioux Falls, S.D. The occupants, a pilot and two passengers, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The pilot and passengers have been identified as:
Pilot: 59-year-old Steven Christensen of Pipestone
Marcos Favela, 18, of Torreon, Mexico
Unnamed 13-year-old girl of Guadalajara, Mexico
The Pipestone County Sheriff’s Office and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident.