Three killed in rural Caledonia plane crash
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 9:37 AM
Three Michigan residents were killed when the Piper 23 airplane they were traveling on crashed into a field southeast of the Houston County Airport at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1.
Emergency personnel work the scene of a twin engine plane crash Friday in the farm field outside Caledonia near the Houston County Airport.
The Houston County Sheriff's Department reports that 79- year-old Joel Alan Garrett, of Troy, Mich., 49-year-old Dale Edward Garrett of Berkely, Mich., and 50-year-old John Paul Bergeron of Birmingham, Mich., were killed in the crash. The single survivor of the crash, 61-year-old Joseph Samuel Stevens of Bloomfield, Mich., was transported to Gundersen Hospital, La Crosse, by Med-Link Air with severe injuries.
According to the sheriff's department, no one was around to witness the crash to their current knowledge. They are urging any possible witness to give them a call to report any information they may have.
At this time, the actual destination of the four Michigan residents is still under investigation. A representative with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told the Spring Grove Herald that investigations into airplane crashes involving fatalities, such as this crash, could take several months to a full year to complete.
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.
The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Houston County Sheriff's Department.