UPDATE: 2 Rochester men killed in plane crash outside Red Wing Regional Airport

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office in Wisconsin identified the victims Wednesday

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Two people were killed in a plane crash near the Red Wing Regional Airport on the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022.
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BAY CITY, Wis. — Pierce County, Wis., authorities have identified the two people killed in Tuesday's plane crash outside Red Wing International Airport.

According to a press release from the Pierce County Sheriff's Office, 28-year-old John Zeman and 20-year-old Ethan Smith, both of Rochester, died in the crash Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022.

The plane, a 2012 Glasair Super 2, left Rochester International Airport at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday for a training flight, with a planned destination of Red Wing Regional Airport.

Around 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, local authorities were called to the scene of the crash in a field along Highway 35 roughly half of a mile west of the airport.

The National Traffic Safety Board is continuing its investigation of the crash, which is expected to take several months to complete.

Dené K. Dryden is the Post Bulletin's region reporter, covering the greater Rochester area. Before joining the Post Bulletin in 2022, she attended Kansas State University and served as an editor for the student newspaper, the Kansas State Collegian, and news director for Wildcat 91.9, K-State's student radio station. Readers can reach Dené at
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