Two injured after Minnesota plane crashes in Green Co. en route to Chicago
UPDATE: A Minnesota-based plane crashed in Green County on its way to Chicago, leaving two people injured Tuesday afternoon, NBC15 has confirmed.
The pilot and an occupant have been released after suffering from non-life-threatening injuries, authorities confirmed Tuesday night.
NBC15 now knows that the plane was registered to Luc van Herle of Rochester, Minn., according to records from the Federal Aviation Administration.
He was flying a Beechcraft 35 Bonanza, NBC15 confirmed using the plane’s tail number with the airport manager of the Monroe Municipal Airport, Robert Driver.
, the plane left from Rochester International Airport at 11:09 a.m. Tuesday and was headed to Chicago Midway International Airport.
This flight should have taken about an hour and a half, but about 90 minutes through the flight, near Monroe in Green County, the plane suddenly veered off course and crashed.
It’s the same flight this pilot has taken at least twice in the past two weeks.
NBC15 reported Tuesday afternoon that the pilot of the plane used a cellphone to call the 911 and report their plane had crashed in an unknown field at 12:20 p.m., according to the Green County Sheriff's Department.
Using GPS tracking, the location of the call was determined to be from a farm field along County Highway FF, east of Balls Mill Road, between Monroe and Albany, according to the Green County Sheriff's Department
Deputies, along with ambulances from Green County EMS and Albany EMS helped the married couple out. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was contacted and is investigating why the plane went down.
"They figured the corn might have saved their life because it cushioned the crash," the farmer who owns the corn field where the crash happened, Steve Kubly said.
Kubly was among the neighbors that helped the couple after the crash. He said the pilot could walk after the crash but his wife had to be taken out on a stretcher. Both are being treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to the Green County Sheriff's Department.
The Green County Sheriff's Department plans to release more information regarding the crash later Tuesday or Wednesday morning.