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Officials investigate fatal plane crash on Madeline Island

Plane crash graphic (properly sized)
Plane crash graphic (properly sized)

ASHLAND COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Federal officials are investigating a weekend plane crash that killed two men on Madeline Island in far northern Wisconsin.

A witness told Ashland County authorities that a plane was trying to land Saturday evening, but the pilot aborted the effort and tried a second approach.

Officials said the single-engine craft burst into flames in a wooded area up to 200 yards south of the airport runway at La Pointe on Madeline Island, which is between Ashland and the Apostle Islands’ chain.

Sheriff Mick Brennan said a loud crash and explosion preceded the fire.

The two men’s bodies were removed from the crash scene Sunday, and were scheduled to have autopsies. Authorities did not identify the victims.

Brennan said they were not from the Apostle Islands’ region.

The FAA said the plane was a Piper PA-24 Comanche, registered to a company in La Crosse. Officials said the weather was good at the time of the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board is joining the FAA in investigating.

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