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UPDATE: Pilot identified in La Crosse plane crash

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HOLMEN, Wis. (WXOW) -

UPDATE: Officials identified the man killed in Thursday's plane crash near Holmen.

A release from the La Crosse County Sheriff's Department identified the pilot as Loren Ross Larson, 56, from Kerkhoven, Minn. Larson is described as having 23 years experience flying single engine aircraft.

Larson left Willmar, Minn. around 10:23 a.m. Thursday heading to La Crosse Municipal Airport where he was scheduled to pick up a passenger, according to the report. Just after noon Thursday, the Minneapolis Air Traffic Control contacted La Crosse County to report it had lost contact with Larson's plane somewhere between Mindoro, Wis. and La Crosse.

The wreckage was discovered Thursday evening by ground searchers in a rural farm field south of Stevenstown. Larson was the lone occupant of the plane and was found dead at the scene. 

The sheriff's office said that searchers utilized a ping from a nearby cell phone tower to help narrow the search area. Searchers, which included the Civil Air Patrol, also used radar information to determine a potential flight path for the plane. Based on that information, searchers used the flight path to eventually find the crash site. 

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are both investigating the crash. The NTSB, which is required to investigate fatal plane crashes, arrived on the scene Friday morning to start their work. 

The sheriff's office said Larson's family members were escorted to the scene by authorities.

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LA CROSS, Wis. (WAOW) -- UPDATE: Officials have identified the body of a Minnesota pilot after a crash near La Crosse. 

The La Crosse County Sheriff's Office identified  the pilot as 56-year-old Loren Ross Larson of Kerkhoven, Minn.

Officials said Larson was schedule to stop at the La Crosse airport Thursday afternoon before heading to Appleton.

The cause of the crash is still unknown. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to be on the scene Friday to investigate.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A Minnesota pilot was found dead after a small plane was reported missing in the La Crosse area.

Officials with the La Crosse Sheriff's Department say they got a call shortly after noon Thursday about a missing single engine propeller plane. By pinging the pilot's cellphone they were able to narrow the search to an area of four square miles.

The plane was found in a corn field near Holmen at about 6:15 p.m. The pilot was the only person on board and was dead.

Officials say pilot is from northern Minnesota and was scheduled to stop at the La Crosse airport before heading to Appleton.

The cause of the crash is unknown. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to be on the scene Friday to investigate.

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