Man Killed in Plane Crash Identified

The president of a Minnesota aviation service business was in the plane that crashed in a Wilton Center field.

The man killed in the Tuesday afternoon plane crash in a Wilton Center field was the president of a Minnesota aviation service business.

Larry Diffley, 74, was the sole occupant of the multi-engine Beech 58 that went down shortly after 2:30 p.m.

Diffley operated Bemidji Aviation Services in Bemidji, MN. According to the company's website, Diffley and another man took over the business "with three employees, their own Cessna 150 and the three 150's already in place at Bemidji Aviation" in 1970.

Diffley is listed as the company's president.

Employees of Bemidji Aviation Services declined to give their names or much information about the crash Tuesday evening. One said, "We are aware of the crash and we're working with the (National Transportation Safety Board) to obtain more details."

The six-seat, two-engine plane was registered to Bemidji Aviation Services.

The field where the plane crashed is on the southwest corner of Offner and Gougar roads. The plane went down about a mile from the surrounding roads, crashing within a half-mile of two houses to the north and to the south of the crash. The plane crashed about midway between Manhattan's two fire stations.

Elizabeth Isham Cory of the Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday night that it was not yet known where the plane took off from and where it was headed when it crashed.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.


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Arrianna December 05, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Wow. What part of a man died here and his family is grieving do people not get? I don't personally believe in prayer but I do believe in respecting other peoples beliefs (as long as those beliefs don't harm others) I purposely listed "thought/prayers/condolences" as OPTIONS as in, people can choose to do whatever they believe in or do nothing all. Just saying this isn't the time or place for grammar correcting.
Jonathan GIblin December 05, 2012 at 02:32 PM
You know people pray because they have faith in Jesus. End of story. No one thinks god is going to feel like they did something because they prayed. Its a way of giving condolences to families that lost a loved one. Have a heart buddy. You may do things people dont agree with. Settlers came to this country and started it for freedom of religion.
G.C. December 05, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Some of the comments on here are so incredibly stupid. I read it often when I need a good chuckle for the day. According to Ron, prayer doesn't work. Ron is the be all tell all about prayer. Whatever. It's an unfortunate turn of events for the pilot, a sad time for the family, and yes, someone was watching over so that plane didn't crash and take any other lives.
d December 05, 2012 at 09:24 PM
As a scientist, I know prayer is good for humans as it allows time to regroup mentally as well as allow for release of hormnes. As a Catholic, I believe in God. I hold the family of the pilot in my prayers.
Flora Dora December 07, 2012 at 01:37 AM
The man who died, Larry Diffley, was a hero. He must have guided his plane away from the houses in the area.


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