NEW INFORMATION: Houston Co. plane crash victims identified, all from Michigan

CALEDONIA, Minn. (HOUSTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE) --There has been a confirmed plane crash approximately 1 mile south of the Houston County Airport. There will be an area at the Houston County Airport parking lot for media to gather for a future press conference. The time of the press conference is unknown at this time.
 
The address for the Houston County Airport is 17247 Hwy 76, Caledonia, MN 55921. The airport is approximately ¼ of a mile south of the intersection of Hwy 76 & Hwy 44.

CALEDONIA, Minn. (HOUSTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE) -- On Friday November 1st, 2013 at approximately 1630 hours, the Houston County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a small aircraft crash. The crash occurred southeast of the Caledonia Airport and was not witnessed.

Responding to the scene were the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, Caledonia Police, Fire and Ambulance services, Eitzen Fire Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Tri-State Ambulance, Med-Link Air Ambulance, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Winona County Sheriff’s Office, and the Houston County Highway Department.

Killed in the crash were the following subjects:

Joel Alan Garrett, age 79, of Troy Michigan
Dale Edward Garrett, age 49, of Berkely Michigan
John Paul Bergeron, age 50, of Birmingham Michigan

There was one survivor of the crash, Joseph Samuel Stevens, age 61 of Bloomfield Michigan. Mr. Stevens was transported to Gunderson Hospital, La Crosse, by Med-Link Air with severe injuries. No patient update is available.

The crash is being investigated by the FAA and the NTSB. The Houston County Sheriff’s Office will continue to assist in the investigation, but further news releases and inquiries for more information will be forwarded to the FAA or NTSB. The FAA can be contacted at: FAA Office of Communications, (847)294-7427.

The staff of the Houston County Sheriff’s Office would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victims of this crash.

If anyone has information regarding the crash or witnessed the crash, they are encouraged to call the Houston County Sheriff’s Office at 507-725-3379.

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CALEDONIA, Minn. (WEAU) --Friday night, WEAU 13 News learned from the FAA that federal investigators would arrive on scene Saturday morning. We also learned it was a twin engine Piper PA-23 built in 1966. The FAA's website shows the tail number is registered to a company in Troy, Michigan. There's still no word on where the plane was headed.
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FROM THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT:

Houston County Sheriff’s Office reports a plane crash two miles south of Caledonia Minnesota at approximately 4:30 pm November 1, 2013

Local farmer reported a possible plane in a field to Sheriff Doug Ely at approximately 4:30 pm. Upon investigation a plane was discovered in a harvested field. First Responded were requested immediately. Preliminary investigation indicates that a twin engine aircraft with four passengers aboard had crashed. Houston County Sheriff’s Office confirms three fatalities at this time. One person critically injured was airlifted from the scene by Med Link to a La Crosse Wisconsin hospital. NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) and FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) have been notified and will be responding to the scene. Houston County Sheriff’s Office is requesting anyone having information or persons that may have witnessed the incident, are asked to please contact 507-725-3379.

Houston County Sheriff’s Office will be assisting the NTSB and FAA with further investigation of the crash.

Assisting agencies; Caledonia Fire Department, Caledonia Ambulance, Caledonia Police Department, Eitzen Fire Department, Med Link, Tristate Ambulance, Minnesota State Patrol, Winona County Sheriff’s Office, Houston County Emergency Management and Houston County Highway Department.

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CALEDONIA, Minn. (WEAU) --A plane has crashed near a Minnesota airport.

On Friday afternoon, the Houston County Sheriff's Office sent a news release, saying the plane had crashed about a mile south of the Houston County Airport. The release did not not disclose whether anyone was hurt in the crash, or what kind of plane was involved. Investigators say the wreck was discovered around 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Investigators say they plan to release more information, but haven't said when.


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