Two people are dead in the crash of a small aircraft in northeast Iowa. Elizabeth Corey with the Federal Aviation Administration says the Citation business jet went down late this (Wednesday) morning. She says it was about a quarter past 11 when the small jet went down near Cresco and crashed in a cornfield across the road from the airport.
Corey says there were four people on board when it happened, and two fatalities were confirmed. Two others were injured and taken to local hospitals. The F-A-A and National Transportation Safety Board will be leading this investigation.
The F-A-A spokeswoman can’t say which of the people on board was the pilot, and the local coroner’s office will be in charge of releasing the names of the victims. As far as the plane, it was owned by a company in Nashville, Tennessee, though she points out some corporations lease their aircraft.
The plane had taken off from Oxford, Mississippi this morning and its destination was Rochester, Minnesota. A band of thunderstorms in the area at the time of the crash may have been a factor in the crash but so far there’s no word on whether the pilot was talking to regional traffic controllers at the time the business jet went down.