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January 31, 2009

All Passengers On Board Die In Wis. Small Plane Crash

All passengers died in a plane crash Friday evening near Menomonie, Wis., according to a report from WCCO News.

Police officers arrived at the scene of the wreckage located at State Highway 25 and 770th Avenue in Tainter Township around 9:44 p.m.

They discovered a small, single-engine private plane smashed into a densely populated area. Dunn County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Paul Gunness said the police department would not reveal the names of the victims and how many were on aboard until the families have been notified.

Gunness did however mention that debris spread more than 5 to 10 acres.

The NTSB and FAA are investigating the plane crash. The Sheriff's Office has announced to the public to keep their distance from the area.

Police said at 3 p.m. Saturday they will disclose more information.

KSTP-TV News reported that FAA Investigators said that a small, single-engine plane went down just before 10:00 p.m. Friday as it was on route from Sheboyan to New Richmond.

The incident is being investigated by Officials from the National Transportation Safety Bureau and Federal Aviation Administration.

The names of the victims have not yet been identified and the Dunn County Sheriff's office will disclose more information later Saturday afternoon.