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CLAYTON COUNTY (KWWL) -
A plane crash at the Elkader Municipal Airport in Clayton County injured two people around 10:30 Saturday morning.
The Clayton County Sheriff's Office said it's not immediately clear why the Cherokee 6300 single engine, six-passenger plane went down in some woods near the end of the airport's runway. Officials say influencing factors include the weather and where the pilot initially touched down on the runway. The Clayton County Sheriff's Office said National Weather Service data show there were storms in the area at the time of the crash.
Brake tracks show the pilot may have landed about halfway down the runway, taken off again just prior to the end of the strip and then took a nose-dive into woods just beyond the runway's edge.
The two people on board were taken to a Rochester, Minn. hospital. Officials said the couple was alert and talking at the scene. The man flying the plane had a cut on his forehead, Clayton County officials said. His female passenger had a broken ankle and shoulder injury.
The owners of the airport said the couple has flown in and out of there before and have family in the area.
The plane is registered to Wild River Flying Club based in St. Croix Falls, Wis.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been called in to investigate along with the Iowa State Patrol. The FAA will be at the airport Monday.
Ryan Johnson is chief deputy with the Clayton County Sheriff's Office. He said the couple is lucky to be alive.
"Typically, a plane crash is not something that is similar to a car crash, where people walk away, you have airbags or safety devices that keep you safe in an accident. An airplane crash are pretty, mostly, fatal accidents, and to be able to walk away from this is truly amazing," he said.
Officials are waiting to release the names until family members know of the accident.
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