- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) - Authorities say four men, including three family members, were on their way to a golf resort when their small plane crashed in western Wisconsin.

Polk County officials say 44-year-old Daniel Ortner, of North Hudson, was piloting the Beechcraft Bonanza. Passengers on board were 47-year-old Eric Larson, his 20-year-old son, Michael Larson and his 18-year-old son, Matthew Larson, all of Hudson.

The four were headed for Voyager Village in Danbury, but crashed Monday evening in a field near Amery about 10 minutes after taking off from the airport in New Richmond.

Hudson Mayor Alan Burchill tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press (https://bit.ly/1VMM5du ) that it’s a sad day for the community. Burchill knew all four men and said they were “good folks.”

Officials say the Larsons knew Ortner through their employer, Xcel Energy.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, https://www.twincities.com

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