Emergency personnel work at the scene of a plane crash in a farm field near Houston County Airport in southeastern Minnesota on Friday. Three Metro Detroit area people were killed in the crash and one person is in critical condition according to authorities. (Peter Thomson / AP)
Three metro Detroit men were killed and another man injured Friday after their plane crashed on route from Troy to Minnesota.
Troy resident Joel Alan Garrett, 79, Berkely resident Dale Edward Garrett, 49, and Birmingham resident John Paul Bergeron, 50, died Friday when the twin engine Piper PA-23 they were flying crashed in Houston County, Minn., near the Iowa border, said police.
Birmingham resident Joseph Samuel Stevens, 61, survived the crash and was transported by helicopter to a local hospital with severe injuries. Police did not know his condition Saturday.
The plane crashed at about 4:30 p.m. Friday southeast of the Caldonia, Minn. Airport.
Houston County Airport Manager Brian Pogodzinski told The Associated Press the plane did not crash on airport property.
The airport is unmanned and has no control tower, and pilots do not have to file a flight plan with the county, Pogodzinski said. He said the weather was good Friday.
The plane was registered to Garlam Aviation in Troy, according to a Federal Aviation Administration online registry. The same address was listed as the location of Ladd’s Real Estate and Development, the company owned by Joel Garrett, who serves as its president. Dale Garrett is also an employee at Ladd’s.
Family members of the two men declined to comment. No one from the company could be reached.
The crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.
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The Associated Press contributed