One person was killed, two are in critical condition, after a small plane crashed in a grassy ditch shortly after takeoff about 1 P.M. Sunday in northeast Iowa. Winneshiek County Sheriff Lee Bohr says the plane had only been aloft a few minutes when something went tragically wrong. He says the plane took off from the Decorah airport early yesterday afternoon and crashed about five miles away. The F-A-A and N-T-S-B are expected to take over the investigation this morning. The person killed is identified as 41-year-old Michele Olson of Wahkon, Minnesota. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The pilot is identified as 43-year-old David Olson of Wahkon. The other passenger was 18-year-old Amanda Remer of Isle, Minnesota.Sheriff Bohr says the plane hit hard, nose-first, and came to rest on its roof. Both survivors are in critical condition — David Olson was taken to a La Crosse, Wisconsin, hospital while Remer was taken to a hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. Bohr says it was mostly sunny at the time of the crash and while one witness thought wind might have played a role in the crash, but Bohr couldn’t attest to that.The plane was a Cessna 172 Skyhawk. Bohr says it’s the first fatal plane crash in the county since the mid-1970s.
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