The pilot of a single engine, multi-seat airplane was killed Monday evening when the aircraft went down in a Village of Mount Pleasant field, west of Racine. Initial information had the pilot attempting to get to Mitchell International Airport with some kind of mechanical problem, according to Police Captain Brian Smith, who pointed out the crash site is near a heavily populated area, so it could have been much worse. “With all the homes here, it could have been disastrous,” he said.
Flight For Life was canceled within minutes of first responders reaching the plane, from which a good deal of fuel was spilled, prompting the need for foam to be sprayed on the wreckage. Law enforcement agencies also had some initial crowd control issues. The FAA was on-scene last night, while the NTSB will be working there today as the investigation starts into what exactly happened.
Tom Karkow, WRJN