Minnesota couple killed after small plane crashes in Canada


A couple from northwest Minnesota died after their light aircraft crashed in Canada.

James and Gloria Holte, of Grygla, were traveling to Alaska for a vacation when their plane came down on Monday, the Marshall County Sheriff's Office in Warren, Minnesota told KSTP.

They had taken off after a stop in British Columbia at around 9 a.m. on Monday, with the Canadian Search and Rescue calling the sheriff's office in Minnesota at around 12:45 p.m. to see if the couple had returned home to Grygla.

The wreckage of the small plane was found at about 8:30 p.m. Monday near Fort Nelson, in northern British Columbia, according to the Grand Forks Herald.

James Holte was the recently-retired owner of Holte Flying Service, based in his hometown, and he and his wife were the only people on board, the newspaper notes.

The Canadian Press reports that the plan had set off from Dawson Creek, BC, with the intention of traveling to Watson Lake, in the Yukon Territory – around 430 air miles away.

The plane was said to have veered off course during this trip, and although there has been no confirmation of what caused the crash, officials told the Canadian Press that the weather was "active" at the time and "could have been a factor."

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