GLENCOE, Minn. (WCCO) — At least three people have been killed in a small airplane crash just north of Glencoe on Wednesday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Authorities received a report of the crash at about 11:12 a.m. The crash occurred about four or five miles away from Glencoe, authorities said.
The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office said the plane crashed north of Glencoe near the intersection of Falcon Avenue North and 150th Street. Authorities also said they don’t believe the victims were from around the Glencoe area.
The FAA said it appears the plane was not in radio contact with a nearby tower before the crash, but they were using visual flight rules.
Wreckage from the plane was scattered across a farm field at the scene.
A farmer came upon the wreckage right after the crash and said he found three adults and three dogs all dead.
McLeod County Sheriff Scott Rehmann says the victims’ family has been contacted.
“As far as names, that will be released through the FAA,” said Rehmann. “There didn’t appear to be any luggage. Just personal items.”
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“The plane came over, and like I said, it was so low, it kind of made you duck it was going so fast,” said Richard Gebhardt, who lives near where the crash happened.
Gebhardt said the plane was probably only a few hundred feet above the ground before the crash. He said he felt it crash, and it shook the ground on impact.
“I heard the explosion, and I could see the smoke billowing up from the ground, and I hopped in my pickup, and that’s when I came on the scene,” Gebhardt said.
There is no word yet on where the plane was coming from or where it was headed. The FAA is on the scene investigating and has identified the plane as a Beech Bonanza. The National Transportation Safety Board will have a team there to investigate what led up to the crash and what may have caused it. Records show that the aircraft was in a change of ownership.