NTSB Identification: CEN16FA295
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 28, 2016 in Holmen, WI
Aircraft: MOONEY M20P, registration: N54PM
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On July 28, 2016, about 1138 central daylight time, a Mooney M20P, N54PM, impacted terrain near Holmen, Wisconsin during an instrument landing system approach runway 18 at La Crosse Regional Airport (LSE), La Crosse, Wisconsin. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces. The commercial instrument rated pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was on an instrument flight rules flight plan. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed about the time of the accident. The flight originated from Willmar Municipal Airport-John L Rice Field (BDH), Willmar, Minnesota and was destined to LSE.
KERKHOVEN - A flying enthusiast from Kerkhoven known for his good humor and love for friends has died in a plane crash in Lac Crosse County, Wisconsin.
Loren Larson, 56, of Kerkhoven, died Thursday when the Mooney M-20 plane he was flying crashed in a cornfield in the northern portion of the county, according to information released by the Lac Crosse County Sheriff’s Department.
The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.
He was the only person aboard the plane at the time of the crash.
The Minneapolis Air Traffic Control alerted authorities in La Crosse of a missing plane at 12:13 p.m. Thursday, according to the La Crosse Tribune. The paper reported the plane’s flight log indicated at 11:37 a.m. the plane was flying 181 mph at 4,700 feet, and then dropped 1,200 feet in 2 minutes.
Larson was planning to land at the airport in La Crosse to pick up a friend.
They were headed for the Appleton International Airport in Appleton, Wisconsin, to attend the Experimental Aircraft Aviation airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Larson had more than 20 years of experience as a pilot, according to his brother and sister-in-law, Lynn and Shellie Larson of DeGraf.
Shellie said Larson had a passion for flying.
He kept a hangar at the Willmar Airport, and is well known in the area’s flying community.
A graduate of the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School, Larson has been a long-time resident of Kerkhoven and well known in the community as well. He worked for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad for the past 36 or 37 years, in recent years as a foreman, according to the family members.
Larson never married, but enjoyed time with his nieces and nephews and family members, as well as his many friends, said Shellie.
Along with flying, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and just having fun with others. “He was bubbly all the time,’’ she said.
Funeral services are pending with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson. Survivors include his mother, Laura Larson of Kerkhoven, and his brother and sister-in-law, Lynn and Shellie Larson.
Federal investigators will lead the probe into a plane crash in La Crosse County that has killed a Minnesota pilot.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will try to figure out why the aircraft 56-year-old Loren Larson of Kerkhoven, Minn., was flying crashed into a field outside of Holmen, Wis., Thursday.
The plane was reported missing around noon Thursday, when it failed to make an intended landing at the La Crosse Regional Airport.
The wreckage was found later that evening and Larson's body was found nearby.
This is the first flying-related death in La Crosse County since 2008, when three men died aboard a medical helicopter that crashed in Medary, Wis.
The NTSB also investigated an accident in Caledonia, Minn., three years ago, when a plane crashed while apparently trying to land at an airport, killing three of the four men aboard.
Around 8 a.m. Thursday, another plane crashed in a field near the Fond du Lac, Wis., airport. The single-engine aircraft bounced a couple times and then cartwheeled according to witnesses.
Its 78-year-old pilot and 71-year-old passengers were both critically injured.
HOLMEN, Wis. -- Searchers in La Crosse County have found the wreckage of a plane near Holmen, and they also report finding the body of the plane's pilot nearby.
A plane had been reported missing around noon, and the wreck was discovered late in the day, close to County Highway D.
The sheriff's office says the missing plane had been scheduled to land in La Crosse on the way to Appleton.
Reports had come in about people who saw planes flying low to the ground in the afternoon.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.
About three dozen people searched a 4-square-mile wooded area until it was found.
A signal from the pilot's cell phone was used to help locate the plane.
STEVENSTOWN — A single-engine airplane bound for the La Crosse Regional Airport crashed today near Stevenstown in northern La Crosse County. The plane's pilot was not found in the wreckage, but authorities found a body nearby.
Emergency authorities are at the scene on Hwy. D, south of Stevenstown.
Minneapolis air traffic controllers alerted La Crosse County authorities at 12:15 p.m. today that a single-engine aircraft, which is registered in Minnesota, had fallen off radar. The pilot, believed to be the only person on board, was planning a scheduled stop in La Crosse, according to La Crosse County Sheriff Chief Deputy Jeff Wolf.
About 1:45 p.m., authorities were able to get information from a cellphone aboard the plane that showed it was located near Stevenstown.
Crews at 4:15 p.m. began a line search from Hwy. V to William Severson Road. They found the plane about 6:15 p.m. The Civil Air Patrol’s La Crosse squadron is assisting with the search.
It’s believed the pilot left a Twin Cities airport, with a planned stop in La Crosse before heading to Appleton, Wis. The pilot did not report any problems before the plane disappeared from radar, according to authorities.
Authorities have set up a command post at Lewis Valley Church in Stevenstown. Assisting with the search were Farmington and Holmen first responders, the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol and Tri-State Ambulance Service.
STEVENSTOWN — Authorities are searching northern La Crosse County for a missing airplane that was bound for the La Crosse Regional Airport.
Minneapolis air traffic controllers alerted La Crosse County authorities at 12:15 p.m. today that a single-engine aircraft, which is registered in Minnesota, had fallen off radar.
The pilot, who is believed to be the only person on board, was planning a scheduled stop in La Crosse, according to La Crosse County Sheriff Chief Deputy Jeff Wolf.
At about 1:45 p.m., authorities were able to get information from a cellphone aboard the plane that showed it was located near Stevenstown.
Crews at 4:15 p.m. began a line search from Hwy. V to William Severson Road. The Civil Air Patrol’s La Crosse squadron is assisting with the search.
It’s believed the pilot left a Twin Cities airport, with a planned stop in La Crosse before heading to Appleton, Wisconsin.
The pilot did not report any problems before the plane disappeared from radar, according to authorities.
Authorities have set up a command post at Lewis Valley Church in Stevenstown.
Assisting with the search are Farmington and Holmen first responders, the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol and Tri-State Ambulance Service.
The most recent aviation crash in La Crosse County was May 10, 2008, when a medical helicopter crashed into a bluff side, killing all three people aboard, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s accident database. The last crash in the Coulee Region was in August 2014, when a helicopter went down while dusting crops near Tomah, injuring the pilot.
LA CROSSE CO., Wis. (WKBT) - Authorities searching for a missing plane in northern La Crosse Co. have located the wreckage.
The plane was found near the area of County Hwy. D and Anderson Rd., northeast of Holmen.
La Crosse Co. Sheriff's Dept. Chief Deputy Jeff Wolf tells News 8 that only the male pilot was believed to be on board the single-engine plane.
Wolf also says a body was found outside of the wreckage, which is believed to be the pilot.
Officials say they received a cell phone ping from the missing airplane at approximately 1:45 P.M. pinpointing it to the Farmington area.
A ground search is in progress with the Civil Air Patrol surrounding a designated 4 mile radius.
There has been no contact with the pilot or the passenger.
It is believed the airplane was heading to the Appleton airport with a stop in La Crosse.
La Crosse County Sheriff's Department is searching for an airplane that went missing Thursday afternoon.
Officials are looking for the overdue single engine plane by the Lewis Valley Lutheran Church along County T near Holmen.
There is believed to be one occupant in the plane.