Plane Crash Victim Identified 26 Nov 11

A 24-year-old Minnesota State University-Mankato student was killed in a plane crash in Wisconsin Thursday. Officials say Matthew Zocher had taken off from the Mankato airport in a small-engine plane and was heading to his family’s home in Merrill, Wisconsin when the aircraft went down in a wooded rural area. Zocher was alone in the plane and the cause of the crash is under investigation. The wreckage was found around 8 pm scattered across an acre of land. The plane had an MSU logo on its tail. MSU has an avaiation training program that uses planes owned by North Star Aviation in Mankato. Zocher had planned to graduate in December of 2012 with aspirations for a career in airline travel.