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.”

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports

“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.

Comments (15)
  1. tim says:

    What’s with the photo??

    1. Jon T. says:

      only one with rivets they have I guess… odd

  2. Jon T. says:

    You just pray it was quick death and no pain.
    Thoughts and prayers to thefamilies of all

  3. Dale says:

    A couple hundred feet above the ground before it crashed? I guessing it was inches above the ground before it crashed…….

    1. Horhea says:

      Drug run.

      1. . says:

        It was NOT as drug run wow seriously judgemental much! There was a family on the plane not some druggies.

      2. L.D. says:

        That was MY family on that plane. Would you want someone making that comment about your deceased family?!? Please consider the feelings of those of us who are already devastated by this accident before you make comment.

        1. Bond-Slave Michael says:

          Sorry for your loss Michael L&R Michael JFFJ

  4. Bill says:

    Poor Dogs.

  5. MAJ says:

    A couple a TV stations were not able to fly to Glencoe because of the weather. Can’t believe the cause wasn’t the overcast conditions. I would believe this plane should not have been out.

  6. Lenard says:

    I can’t believe the reporter made the point to notify the viewers that sadly, the dogs were dead, before he mentions that the HUMAN passangers were killed. I think its rediculous how much society cares about pets over humans these days.

  7. Bill G. says:

    From the Video it sure doesn’t look like VFR conditions to this pilot

  8. L.D. says:

    In the future, please be careful how you comment on something like this. As a close family member, those comments make the devastation of this loss even greater.

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