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Preliminary report on air crash on flight from Alexandria coming in 2 weeks

A preliminary report on the air crash that killed three people on Saturday, Aug. 7, may be available in approximately two weeks. In an email to the Alexandria Echo Press, the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed that a report will likely be filed within 12 business days, while the final report won't be issued for at least 12-24 months.

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Jim Edney and his wife, Deborah, on a trip to Alaska in 2019. (Contributed)

A preliminary report on the air crash that killed three people on Saturday, Aug. 7, may be available in approximately two weeks.

In an email to the Alexandria Echo Press, the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed that a report will likely be filed within 12 business days, while the final report won't be issued for at least 12-24 months.

Dr. James Edney of Omaha, Neb., along with Edney’s stepson, Jacob Mertes, and Mertes’ wife Dr. Sara Mertes, were killed when their plane crashed in the Carver County town of Victoria, Minn., west of Minneapolis. Edney was piloting the plane.

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The plane had taken off from the Alexandria airport, and was headed to Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, Mike Folkerts, NTSB air safety investigator said at a press conference Sunday, Aug. 8, that has been posted to YouTube.

"The pilot contacted the control tower, then made several heading changes and altitude deviations from a normal, stable flight path," Folkerts said.

The last transmission was when the plane was about 10 miles from the airport, and there was no distress call, Folkerts said.

Radar contact was lost at approximately 5:40 p.m., Folkerts said, and the plane crashed shortly thereafter.

Folkerts added that preliminary air traffic data indicates a more than 5,000-feet descent rate at the conclusion of the approach.

Portions of the left elevator and the left horizontal stabilizer were found about two blocks to the south of the crash site. These portions of the plane come from the tail area.

"You can think of the horizontal stabilizer as the rear wing of the tail, and then the elevator is hooked up to that," Folkerts said. "It helps the aircraft pitch up and down. …

"Without an elevator and a horizontal stabilizer the aircraft is not flyable," he said.

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The four-seat plane crashed into a house at 7956 Rose St., and caught fire. A family was at home at the time, but there were no injuries reported by those in the house or on the ground.

The plane was a Mooney M20M and has been recovered and removed from the scene to a secure location for further examination by the NTSB.

"At this early stage of an investigation, NTSB does not state a cause but will only provide factual information when available," the email to the Echo Press read.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, where Edney was professor emeritus in the Department of Surgery, released a statement on his death.

"Dr. Edney was a consummate clinician and educator, recognized as one of the top breast cancer specialists in the region," Dr. Bradley Britigan, dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine said in the press release. "Our sympathies go out to Dr. Edney's wife and family."

Travis Gulbrandson covers several beats, including Osakis School Board and Osakis City Council, along with the Brandon-Evansville School Board. His focus will also be on crime and court news.
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