UPDATE: Madeline Island Plane Crash Victims from La Crosse Area

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 6/17 at 10:55 a.m.

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) -- The Ashland County sheriff says the two men killed in a single-engine plane crash on Madeline Island are related and from the La Crosse area.

Sheriff Mick Brennan says autopsies are being done Monday after the victims' bodies were recovered from the crash wreckage on Sunday.

The Piper Comanche went down south of a runway on the island in northwestern Wisconsin Saturday evening and became engulfed in flames. Brennan says the two men were the only occupants. They have not been identified pending completion of the autopsies.

A witness told sheriff's investigators the pilot was trying to land the plane, then aborted the landing and turned to make a second approach before it went down.

The Federal Aviation Administration's registry lists a La Crosse company as the owner of the plane.
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ORIGINAL STORY: 6/16 at 12:27 p.m.

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) -- Two people have died in a plane crash on Madeline Island in northwestern Wisconsin.

The Ashland County Sheriff's Office says the crash was reported just after 6:30 p.m. Saturday. La Pointe police responded and within five minutes found the plane engulfed in a heavily wooded area about 150 to 200 yards south of the airport runway. The sheriff's office says the plane reportedly was attempting to land when it went down.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig tells the Duluth News Tribune that the aircraft was a single-engine Piper PA-24 Comanche.

The newspaper says the weather was good at the airport in Ashland, about 15 miles southwest of the crash site.

The names of the victims have not been released.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.


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