Owatonna Degner Regional Airport

Owatonna Degner Regional Airport
Airport type Public
Owner City of Owatonna, Minnesota
Serves Owatonna, Minnesota
Elevation AMSL 1,146 ft / 349 m
Coordinates 44°07′24″N 93°15′36″W / 44.12333°N 93.26000°W / 44.12333; -93.26000Coordinates: 44°07′24″N 93°15′36″W / 44.12333°N 93.26000°W / 44.12333; -93.26000
Website Owatonna Degner Regional Airport
OWA is located in Minnesota
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 5,500 1,676 Concrete
5/23 3,000 914 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Aircraft operations 29,930
Based aircraft 44
Sculpture of three retired USAF T-38A Talons at Owatonna Degner Regional Airport

Owatonna Degner Regional Airport (IATA: OWA, ICAO: KOWA, FAA LID: OWA) is three miles northwest of Owatonna, in Steele County, Minnesota.[1] Its IATA identifier "OWA" comes from the first three letters of the city of Owatonna. The airport is used for general aviation.


Airport construction started in 1946. It was completed and the airport opened in 1947 with four unpaved runways. In 1987 the City Council of Owatonna renamed the airport Glenn J. Degner Airfield, after one of the original aviation pioneers of Owatonna. In the 1990s, the concrete runway was lengthened to 5,500 feet (1,700 m) and an instrument landing system was added. The airport was renamed The Owatonna Degner Regional Airport in August 1999.[2]


East Coast Jets Flight 81 was a business jet flight operated by East Coast Jets and destined for Owatonna. The plane crashed on July 31, 2008, while attempting a go-around at the airport, killing all eight passengers and crew on board.[3]


  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Form 5010 for OWA PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. Effective September 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "Owatonna Degner Regional Airport History". Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  3. ^ Deegan, Jim (August 7, 2008). "NTSB preliminary report issued in crash that killed Bethlehem-area pilots". The Express-Times. Retrieved October 7, 2019.

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