Cessna 206 Down Near Owatonna
An annual fishing
vacation ended in tragedy for four Minnesota men when their Cessna
206 (file photo of type, right) went down Tuesday night, impacting
a house and disintegrating near Owatonna (MN).
KSTP-TV reports Charles DeYoung called 911 at 8:41 local time
Tuesday night, telling the dispatcher that a plane had just hit his
house. DeYoung, the only person home at the time, wasn't hurt.
"All I know is that they are all dead," said neighbor Coleen
Thompson. "When it hit, it sounded like thunder outside."
The television station reports the 206 went down about nine
miles from Degner Regional Airport.
The pilot was identified as 50-year old Gordon Welke. His wife
told KSTP the fishing trip was an annual tradition.
She also identified two
of the three passengers as Brian Borwege and his adult son, Ben.
The name of the fourth victim had not been released.
The flight reportedly originated in Saskatchewan. Welke
processed through Customs at Roseau (MN) on its way home. There was
no report of a distress call prior to the accident.
FAA Preliminary Accident Report
Regis#: 81685 Make/Model: C206
Description: 206, P206, T206, TP206, U206, TU206, (T
Date: 06/02/2004 Time: 0140
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing: N
State: MN Country: US
ACFT CRASHED INTO A RESIDENCE UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES,
THE FOUR PERSONS
ON BOARD WERE FATALLY INJURED, AND THE ACFT WAS DESTROYED,
Total Fatal: 4
# Crew: 2
Fat: 2 Ser: 0
Min: 0 Unk:
2 Fat: 2 Ser: 0
Min: 0 Unk:
Grnd: Fat: 0
Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
WEATHER: METAR KOWA 020140Z AUTO 31009KT 7SM DZ OVC006 12/12
Activity: Unknown Phase: Unknown
Operation: General Aviation
MN Dep Date:
Destination: OWATONNA, MN
Flt Plan: IFR Wx Briefing: Y
Last Radio Cont: UNK
Last Clearance: UNK
FAA FSDO: MINNEAPOLIS, MN
(GL15) Entry date: