Pilot in Iowa Crash Dies in Nebraska Hospital

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The pilot of a plane that crashed in northwest Iowa, has died in a Nebraska hospital
  • 70-year-old Gaylen Knaack, of Correctionville, died Monday
  • Plane hit some trees before crashing December 1
  • Two passengers died in the crash: 53-year-old Lee Schroeder, of Oto, and 55-year-old James Smith, of Correctionville

The pilot of a plane that crashed in northwest Iowa, killing two passengers, has died in a Nebraska hospital.

Officials say 70-year-old Gaylen Knaack, of Correctionville, died Monday.

The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home in Correctionville says Knaack died at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb., where he'd been taken after the Dec. 1 crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the Beech P35 took off from Correctionville that morning and flew to Grand Island, Neb., to pick up one of the passengers.

The plane hit some trees before crashing that evening in foggy conditions short of a grass airstrip near Correctionville.

Two passengers died in the crash. They were 53-year-old Lee Schroeder, of Oto, and 55-year-old James Smith, of Correctionville.


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