GLENCOE, Minn. (WCCO) — Authorities have identified the three people killed in a small airplane crash just north of Glencoe on Wednesday.
The victims were 52-year-old Stuart Dahlberg, his 36-year-old wife Ivelisse and his 76-year-old mother, Mae Dahlberg. All three died when a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza went down in a farm field in McLeod County Wednesday.
The crash occurred about four or five miles away from Glencoe, authorities said.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it appears the plane was not in radio contact with a nearby tower before the crash, but they were using visual flight rules.
A farmer came upon the wreckage right after the crash and said he found three adults and three dogs all dead.
Stuart Dahlberg’s brother, David, says he thinks Stuart flew out of the Crystal airport bound for Craig, Colo., which is just outside of Steamboat Springs. There, the group planned to see Stuart’s sister, who is a choral and drama director in the town’s schools.
David said Stuart might have faced a sudden emergency and couldn’t control the plane.
“My brother was flying my mom and his wife out, so that they’d be able to attend the opening and other performances for the show that my sister was putting on,” David said.
Stuart started flying after he quit riding motorcycles, on which he had some close calls.
“He totaled bikes and managed to walk away,” David said. “And I think he decided it was time to hang up the biker thing.”
David said Stuart was a computer programming consultant, an experienced pilot, a competent skier who was on a Minnesota resort’s Ski Patrol, and an avid online poker player, who won a seat in the World Championships in Las Vegas.
Stuart met his Ivelisse in the Dominican Republic.
David said Mae Dahlberg was a classically-trained pianist who also played the organ in Minnesota churches.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate what led up to the crash and what may have caused it.
Records showed that the aircraft was in a change of ownership.