MILLTOWN, Wis. (AP) -- A Minnesota man and his instructor died when their twin-engine plane crashed in a wooded area in northwestern Wisconsin Sunday, authorities say.
Louise J. Albright, 31, of Minneapolis, was training Steven E. Hollenhorst, 44, of Roseville, Minn., for a twin-engine aircraft license, according to a Polk County Sheriff's Department press release.
Hollenhorst was senior vice president of financial services for Shandwick International in Bloomington and was also known for his roles in local plays, such as "Pump Boys and Dinettes" and "Diamond Studs" at the Plymouth Playhouse in the 1980s.
He was already licensed for a single-engine plane and was close to finishing his current training, the press release said.
"There were some people who did see it go down. It didn't appear they were trying to land," Polk County Sheriff Dan Mosay said Monday.
Witnesses last saw the plane spinning downward, the press release said.
The crash of the Beechcraft airplane happened about 3:15 p.m. Sunday about three miles northeast of Milltown in a rural area, the sheriff said. The area is about 45 miles northeast of the Twin Cities.
The plane's flight had originated in Minnesota but no other details were immediately available, Mosay said.
Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were at the scene Monday, Mosay said.
According to weather reports, there were no clouds and visibility was estimated at 10 miles, said Bob Handschiegel, regional operations officer for the Federal Aviation Administration.
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