Plane crash remains under investigation
The names of three men killed in the Nov. 1 plane crash in Caledonia have been released and include Joel Alan Garrett, 79, of Troy, Mich.; Dale Edward Garrett, 49, of Berkely, Mich.; and John Paul Bergeron, 50, of Birmingham, Mich.
The sole survivor, Joseph Samuel Stevens, 61, of Bloomfield, Mich., was airlifted by Med Link to a La Crosse, Wis., hospital with critical injuries after a farmer reported a possible plane in a field at approximately 4:30 p.m.
The National Transportation and Safety Board is currently investigating the incident and will look into the pilot’s history as well as scrutinizing the crash scene. They will also interview the survivor when possible.
A preliminary report is expected this week.
On Friday Houston County Sheriff Doug Ely responded to the call after the group’s twin-engine Piper PA-23-250 plane was discovered in a harvested field. First responders were requested immediately, a sheriff’s press release said.
According to FlightAware.com, a website that tracks air flights, the plane left Troy, Mich., at 12:07 EDT and was supposed to arrive at the Houston County Airport at 2:05 CDT. Its last recorded location was north of Caledonia.
The crash occurred southeast of the Houston County Airport and was not witnessed, the release said.
The Houston County Sheriff’s Office continues to assist. Anyone with information regarding the crash is encouraged to call 507-725-3379.
Other assisting agencies included: the Caledonia Fire Department, Caledonia Ambulance, Caledonia Police Department, Eitzen Fire Department, Tristate Ambulance, Minnesota State Patrol, Winona County Sheriff’s Office, Houston County Emergency Management and the Houston County Highway Department.