Seven Dead In Minnesota Plane Crash

OWATONNA, Minn. (AP) — At least seven people are dead after a small plane crashed in poor weather in southern Minnesota.

An FAA spokeswoman says the plane went down at or near Degner Regional Airport in Owatonna, about 60 miles south of Minneapolis-St. Paul. A line of storm thunderstorms was moving across the region at the time. She says authorities believe the plane was en route from New Jersey, but cautions the information is preliminary.

The flight-tracking Web site showed a Raytheon Hawker 800 was due to arrive in Owatonna from Atlantic City at 9:42 a.m. today. The jet was scheduled to leave an hour later for Crossville, Tennessee.

The plane was operated by a charter firm called East Coast Jets. A person who answered the phone at the company had no comment.