Pilot Dead in a Plane Crash in Southern Minnesota
A pilot was found dead on Saturday after his plane crashed in a field near Grand Meadow, reported MyFox Twin Cities. The pilot was later identified as Phillip Ray Edgington, 54, of Sanger, Texas.
Edgington purchased the aircraft on Friday, said the Mower County Sheriff's Office. FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said the pilot was the only person on the Cessna 140.
The plane was flying from New Richmond, Wisc., to Fulton, Mo., with a stopover planned in Oskaloosa, Iowa. It went missing shortly after making contact with the FAA's Minneapolis center at about 12:50 a.m., when it was flying over the Rochester area, reported the Star Tribune.
About 50 members of the Minnesota Wing Civil Air Patrol started a ground search at about 2 a.m., focused on areas south of Rochester. The plane was found just outside Grand Meadow, which is about 25 miles southwest of Rochester.
The plane's wreckage was first spotted at about 9 a.m. by Larry Churchill and his son, Brian, who live nearby. They saw an object in the field which they had difficulty identifying because of foggy conditions.
"Then we saw a wing," Brian Churchill told the newspaper. "My dad went out there and saw a body."
The Churchills called 911, and the Mower County Sheriff's Department was first to respond to the scene,.
An online file of the plane's tail number indicated that it was owned by a Stillwater, Minnesota man. However, Edgington had purchased the aircraft on Friday in New Richmond, Wisconsin, reported MyFox News.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.