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3 Wyoming men killed when plane crashes in northwest Minnesota

The aircraft went down just west of Thief River Falls airport.

A small plane crashed just a few miles west of a regional Minnesota airport, killing all three people on board.

The Cessna 182 aircraft went down around 7:50 a.m. Saturday morning at Center Avenue Northeast and 130th Street Northeast in Thief River Falls, the Pennington County Sheriff's Office said.

That's just a few miles west of the Thief River Falls Regional Airport, though authorities haven't said if the plane had taken off from or was landing there.

The three people on board were killed: 69-year-old Moy Wing, 27-year-old Brian Duke and 26-year-old Zach Ostertag, the sheriff's office said. All of them were from Rawlins, Wyoming.

According to FAA records, there is a Moy Wing from Rawlins that owns two Cessnas, including a 1981 TR182 model. Wing was a member of the Carbon County Airport Board in Wyoming.

It's unclear if that's the one that crashed Saturday. A search on Flight Aware only comes up with a Cuba-to-California flight from two years ago. And a look at recent flights to and from the Thief River Falls Airport does not show either of the aircraft registered to Wing.

According to Facebook, both Duke and Ostertag work at Mountain West Motors in Rawlins. Ostertag was married, while Duke was engaged. Family and friends are mourning their deaths on their Facebook pages.

Ostertag's wife posted a short tribute and photo.

While a friend of Duke expressed shock at the news.

The Pennington County Sheriff's Office said the FAA has been notified, and the case is under investigation.

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