CALEDONIA, Minnesota (WXOW) – Investigators said the right wing hit the ground first in a Caledonia plane crash that killed three and seriously injured one passenger Nov. 1.
A preliminary report for the National Transportation Safety Board said the Piper Aztec PA 23-250 plane crashed around 3:15 p.m. in a soybean field, just 590 feet short of the Houston County Airport's runway.
The report said after the right wing crashed – investigators found green navigation lights in the ground – the right engine and fuselage hit the ground. The wreckage extended about 100 feet from the body of the plane.
The private airplane, registered to Garlam Aviation in Troy Michigan, took off from the Oakland-Troy Airport around 11 a.m. that day, according to the report.
A preliminary review of air traffic control communications and radar data shows the airplane flew for about 3 hours.
There were no reported distress calls from the pilot, and no reported witnesses to the accident.
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