Pilot in Dec. 2012 NW Iowa plane crash dies in Nebraska hospital


February 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CORRECTIONVILLE, Iowa (AP) – The pilot of a plane that crashed in northwest Iowa, killing two passengers, has died in a Nebraska hospital.  The Sioux City Journal reports 70-year-old Gaylen Knaack, of Correctionville, died Monday. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home in Correctionville says Knaack died at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb., where he’d been taken after the Dec. 1st, 2012 crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the Beech P35 took off from Correctionville that morning and flew to Grand Island, Neb., to pick up one of the passengers. The plane hit some trees before crashing that evening in foggy conditions short of a grass airstrip near Correctionville.

Two passengers died in the crash. They were 53-year-old Lee Schroeder, of Oto, and 55-year-old James Smith, of Correctionville.