Two men killed in a plane crash on Madeline Island are identified.
Ashland County Sheriff Mick Brennan says 63-year-old Dr. Richard Renwick of La Crosse — the pilot — and his brother, 58-year-old Bruce Renwick of Waunakee, perished when the small single engine Piper Comanche crashed and burned early Saturday evening.
“A witness there said it looked like the plane tried to land, aborted, went up, tried to turn around, and stalled out, and went nose into the … about 45 to 60-degree angle into the wooded area … about 150 yards south of the Madeline Island airport.”
Officers were on scene about five minutes later, he says, to see the aircraft totally engulfed in flames. Sheriff Brennan says the bodies had to be identified through the use of dental records at the medical examiner’s office in Dane County.
“It’s a very tragic thing to have happen, especially on Father’s Day weekend here … our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families of the Renwicks.”
The FAA and NTSB are investigating to determine the cause of the crash.
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Thanks to Larry Lee, WSAU