Northwest Iowa authorities say the three victims in Tuesday’s plane crash near Sanborn were from Wisconsin.
The plane crashed Tuesday morning as strong thunderstorms produced high winds in the area, but investigators say they don’t know yet whether weather was a factor.
The Piper Cherokee — a single-engine plane with four seats — was owned by a man from Milton, Wisconsin, but he was not on board. One of the three men who died was from the same Wisconsin town. The other two men were from Cambridge and Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.
All three Wisconsin men were in their 60s. According to a sheriff’s deputy who was at the crash site, there were “long guns” in the plane which suggests the men may have been on a hunting trip.
According to a statement from the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department, the crash victims are 64-year-old Francis Allegretti of Cambridge, Wisconsin; 60-year-old Thomas Boos of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin; and 65-year-old Malcolm McMillan of Milton, Wisconsin.