Small plane crashes in fog near Rochester airport

8:05 AM, Dec 3, 2012   |    comments
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ROCHESTER, Minn. -- A small plane missed the runway in dense fog and crashed into a field near the Rochester International Airport Sunday night.

The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. near County Road 8 and County Highway 16.  Authorities say a single engine Cessna with four people onboard was coming in for a landing when the pilot missed the tarmac and landed upside down in the field.

Two of four people on board a small plane were injured when the pilot missed the runway while landing in heavy fog at the Rochester airport.

Rochester fire officials say the plane bounced and flipped end-over-end in a farm field before coming to rest on its top. Two men were taken to Saint Marys Hospital, but authorities say they were not critically injured. Another man and a boy weren't seriously hurt in the crash about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

The plane's pilot was able to call 911 for help. Fire officials say they were hampered by heavy fog in their search for the crash site and were able to use the phone's GPS to locate the plane north of Rochester International Airport.

The Post-Bulletin reports the plane left Austin Straubel Field near Green Bay, Wis., before the crash.

The airport was closed after the crash due to fog and the FAA has been called in to investigate.

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