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7 killed in 2 small plane crashes in Minnesota and Wisconsin

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Two small planes crashed hours apart Monday evening, killing seven people, according to reports.

A pilot and two passengers were killed when the small plane they were flying in went down in a cornfield just south of Holland, Minnesota, about 10 miles northeast of Pipestone, after 8 p.m. Monday night, KSFY reports.

A few hours before, at approximately 5:24 p.m., another small plane crashed in western Wisconsin, killing all four people on board, KARE 11 says.

Beech M35 single-engine aircraft apparently nose-dived, crashing into the field and starting on fire near Amery, Wisconsin, according to KSTP.

Karen Olson, who owns the property where the plane crashed about 200 yards from her home, told the Pioneer Press her neighbor saw the plane go down, "He said it was kind of twirling around, going down to the ground. Then all of a sudden he said he saw the ball of fire."

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating both incidents. The identities of the victims have not been released.

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