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Associated Press, Published June 18 2010

Plane crash victims were on leisure flight

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — An Olmsted County sheriff's official says the three people killed in a plane crash near Rochester were on a leisure flight from the Twin Cities when the Piper developed engine trouble.

Sheriff's Capt. Kevin Torgerson says two of the victims, a male and female in their 30s, flew from DeLand, Fla., with two others to visit the Twin Cities Tuesday. Torgerson says the couple and a male from Eagan went for a leisure flight Wednesday night, leaving from the Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie.

He says the pilot reported engine trouble shortly before midnight and crashed near the Rochester airport. The victims were removed from the wreckage Thursday, but authorities have not yet released their names.

Torgerson says the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and representatives from the plane and engine manufacturers were at the crash scene Friday.

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