2 Dead, 1 Hurt in Northwest Iowa Plane Crash


By Ellen Kurt

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 ½ 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.
facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG