Minn. plane crash victim was father of 6

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The 41-year-old pilot of a small plane that crashed this week in west-central Minnesota was the father of six children, ages 10 to 4 months, Forum Communications reports.

Rhonda Menze told Forum her husband, who owns a mechanical engineering consulting company, was flying home from a business trip to Illinois when the crash happened about 6:25 p.m. Wednesday. She said he had been flying about 20 years, and the family has a grass airstrip near their home, which they plow in the winter, Forum reported.

“He was a man with an amazing faith, and he was just an all-around amazing man,” Rhonda Menze told Forum.

The cause of the crash has not been determined. National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration officials are investigating. A rural Parkers Prairie, Minn., man said he found wreckage of the plane in some trees about 90 yards from his home.

A fund for the children’s education, “The Menze Kids Fund,” has been established at First National Bank of Henning, Ottertail and Battle Lake.

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