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Plane crash kills one near Hader

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

CANNON FALLS — A National Transportation Safety Board official was expected to arrive today at the scene of an airplane crash that killed one person Friday afternoon near the small town of Hader, 35 miles north of Rochester.

The crash was reported at 2:18 p.m., when a man who witnessed the crash called the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities did not have information about the pilot or the flight plan.

The small plane was flying low near a house and outbuildings before it nosedived into a nearby cornfield, said the man, who declined to give his name.

"It came down hard and fast," he said.

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A Federal Aviation Adminstration official was on the scene Friday at 100th Avenue near 400th Street, about one mile west of U.S. 52, and about 10 miles south of Cannon Falls. The land is owned by Brian Hokanson. A man who rents a house on the farm reported the crash.

Emergency Responders from Wanamingo arrived at the scene as well. Authorities had erected a tent over the main wreckage to protect it against possible rain showers. The plane’s tail was about all that could be glimpsed through the cornfield. Officials cordoned off a large area to allow investigators to comb the debris trail for clues.

Officials were uncertain if weather contributed to the crash.

Authorities said they planned to remove the plane today from the scene and take it to Lakeville, Minn., for investigation.

The National Transportation Safety Board will review the wreckage and other information to develop a report on the possible cause of the crash.

Post-Bulletin photographer Christina Paolucci contributed to this report.

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