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2 Dead, 1 Hurt in Northwest Iowa Plane Crash

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    April 14, 2014 | 8:46 am
    CORRECTIONVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have released the names of the three people on board a small plane that crashed in northwest Iowa this weekend.

    The Woodbury County Sheriff's office says 70-year-old Gaylen Knaack, of Correctionville, was flying the plane when it crashed into a farm field 2 miles south of Correctionville Saturday evening.

    Knaack's two passengers died in the crash, and Knaack sustained serious burns.

    The passengers were: 53-year-old Lee Schroeder, of Oto, and 55-year-old James Smith, of Correctionville.

    Former Anthon Fire Chief Mike Berning says Schroeder was a longtime firefighter who was scheduled to portray Santa Claus at a town celebration next weekend.

    Knaack was taken to a Sioux City hospital and later transferred to a burn center in Lincoln. Saint Elizabeth spokeswoman Betty Thompson says Knaack was in critical condition Sunday.