Posted at: 11/02/2013 2:50 PM
Updated at: 11/02/2013 7:03 PM
UPDATE: Victims of Plane Crash Identified
(ABC 6 News) -- We now know the names of the three men who died in the Houston County plane crash last night.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA have been investigating the crash site near the Houston County Airport for most of the day today. Officials with the Houston County Sheriff's Department say the four people who were in the plane at the time of the crash were all from Michigan.
They identified the victims 79-year-old Joel Garrett, 49-year-old Dale Garrett and 50-year-old John Bergeron. A fourth person, 61-year-old Joseph Stevens was taken to a hospital in La Crosse Wisconsin with severe injuries. His condition is still unknown.
Authorities say the twin-engine Piper PA-23 was traveling Friday from Troy, Michigan to Minnesota when it crashed at about 4:30 last night. A farmer reported the plane in a field just two miles south of Caledonia.
We talked with a local pilot who flies out of the Houston County Airport a few times a week and use to own a Piper Aztec, just like the one that crashed.
"It's one of the most safe airplanes I’ve flown. They're very stable, even if you have an engine failure on one engine they're incredibly stable aircrafts. So as to what happened here I can't begin to tell you,” said local pilot Eric Benson.
The Houston County Sheriff's Office is asking for witnesses who may seen the crash. People who may have information are asked to call this number:507-725-3379.
There's still no word as to what caused the crash. Of course we'll keep you updated on the details as we get them.