Owatonna, MN Small Private Jet Crash, Jul 2008
8 KILLED IN SMALL PLANE CRASH.
Owatonna, Minn. (AP) - A small jet crashed Thursday while preparing to land at a regional airport in Minnesota, killing eight people, including casino and construction executives.
Authorities initially thought nine people may have been aboard the Raytheon Hawker 800, which went down about 9:30 a.m. at a regional airport about 60 miles south of the Twin Cities.
But by late evening, Department of Public Safety spokesman Doug Neville said it had been confirmed that eight people were on board.
Seven people were dead at the scene. One died later at a hospital. The plane was carrying two pilots.
Severe weather had been moving through southern Minnesota earlier Thursday, but witnesses and the National Weather Service said the storms were subsiding at the time of the crash. It wasn't immediately clear it weather was a factor.
The charter jet, flying from Atlantic City, N.J., to Owatonna, a town of 25,000, went down in a cornfield northwest of Degner Regional Airport, Sheriff Gary Ringhofer said. The wreckage was not visible to reporters because tall corn obscured the crash site.
Index-Journal Greenwood South Carolina 2008-08-01
Listing of the Fatalities.
KAREN SANDLAND, 44, Absecon, N.J.
MARC L. ROSENBERG.
ALAN M. BARNETT.
TONY CRAIG, 50, Brigantine, N.J.
CHRIS DAUL, 44, Northfield, N.J.
LAWRENCE MERRIGAN, 62, Absecon, N.J.
Pilot CLARK J. KEEFER, Bethlehem, Pa.
Pilot DANIEL M. D'AMBORSIO, Hellertown, Pa.