Undated (AP) - Authorities have identified some of the seven people killed when two small planes crashed separately within hours of one another in western Wisconsin and southwestern Minnesota.

Sheriff's officials say two passengers killed when a fixed-wing plane crashed in southwestern Minnesota were teenagers from Mexico. The Pipestone County Sheriff's Department says the plane was piloted by 59-year-old Steven Christensen of rural Pipestone, who was also killed when the plane went down in a cornfield near his hometown about 8 p.m.

Eighteen-year-old Marcos Favela, of Torreon, Mexico, and a 13-year-old unidentified girl from Guadalajara, Mexico, were passengers who died in the crash.

In Wisconsin several hours earlier, four people died when a single-engine Beechcraft crashed and caught fire in a field in Polk County, about 50 miles northeast of Minneapolis.

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Undated (KROC AM News, wire services) - A total of seven people were killed in two separate airplane crashes Monday, one in southwest Minnesota and the other in west central Wisconsin.

The first one happened around 5:30 p.m. when a single engine plane crashed nose first into a field near the town of Amery, which is about an hour from the Twin Cities. Authorities say the plane had taken off from an airport within 50 miles of the crash scene but the exact town hasn’t been released yet. The names of the four people who were killed are being withheld for now.

The other crash happened around 8 p.m. Monday near Pipestone, Minnesota. That plane went down in a cornfield, killing its pilot and two passengers.Their names have not been released yet.

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