Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow II, N1549X: Accident occurred July 27, 2013 in Lake Michigan, Wisconsin
NTSB Identification: CEN13FA438
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 27, 2013 in Lake Michigan, WI
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-200, registration: N1549X
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On July 27, 2013, about 1440 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-200 airplane, impacted Lake Michigan about 1.2 miles east of Cudahy, Wisconsin. The airline transport pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight which operated without a flight plan. The flight originated from the John H Batten Airport (KRAC) Racine, Wisconsin at an unknown time.
A preliminary review of the air traffic control communications and radar data revealed that the pilot was receiving flight following services from Milwaukee approach; the pilot was given vectors to fly eastbound over Lake Michigan and then northbound. On the northbound heading, the pilot flew about 1 mile behind the final approach course of an airplane inbound to General Mitchell International Airport (KMKE), Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Shortly afterward, radar contact was lost and the air traffic controller was not able to contact the pilot.
The wreckage was recovered for further examination.
At least two people are dead after a small plane crashed into Lake Michigan near Milwaukee.
The plane went down at about 3pm Saturday afternoon.
Search crews found what was left of a 1975 Piper single-engine plane.
The bodies of the pilot and another man were recovered from the water.
The pilot was identified as William Gensler, a flight instructor from Racine.
The Coast Guard says the plane could hold four people, so they are continuing to search for more victims.
The plane was en route from Racine to Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
CUDAHY (WITI) — A single engine plane crashed about a mile and a half off the shore of Lake Michigan at approximately 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27th. The plane was located about 42 feet under water.
The Milwaukee Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that two middle-aged men are dead. A search has been called off due to darkness, however crews will continue to search tomorrow.
“We don’t know how many people were on the plane, so the plane seats four persons so until we know otherwise, we’re going to keep searching for two persons until we know differently,” said Sean Slowey of the Milwaukee Fire Department.
FOX6 News spoke with the plane’s owner who said she was not aware of exactly how many people were aboard the flight.
Air traffic controllers say the aircraft went off radar about three miles northeast of the airport.
The plane is a 1975 Piper single engine aircraft that was flying from Racine. Airport officials in Racine say the plane was heading for Milwaukee, however the Coast Guard says the wife of one of the deceased men indicated the plane was heading to Oshkosh for EAA Airventure.
Two people were killed when a small plane crashed Saturday in Lake Michigan off Cudahy, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
The bodies of two middle-age males were pulled from the plane, which was found beneath 42 feet of water, said Erik Leuenberger, search and rescue mission coordinator for Lake Michigan for the Coast Guard.
The two were not identified, pending notification of relatives.
Rescue crews from the Coast Guard and Milwaukee Fire Department responded to the crash, which was reported about 2:50 p.m. Sixteen divers searched the lake for more than six hours. Two helicopters and seven boats assisted in the search.
Officials said it isn’t known whether any others were on the plane and that the search would continue until they confirm that no others were on board.
The plane was a four-seat, single-engine 1975 Piper Cherokee, which was reported down about 1.5 miles east of Cudahy.
The plane is registered and based out of Batten International Airport in Racine, where it took off at about 2:30 pm Saturday, according to airport general manager Dave Mann.
The Coast Guard said the plane apparently was bound for Oshkosh and the EAA AirVenture, which begins Monday.
Two people are dead after a single engine plane went down in Lake Michigan near a Milwaukee suburb.
Milwaukee Fire Department Assistant Chief Michael Romas says rescuers found two bodies in the plane underwater. He says they don’t know if anyone else was aboard but were still searching the water Saturday evening just in case.
Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Investigator Lesley Kenney says her office was notified at about 5:30 p.m.
Petty Officer Chris Yaw of the U.S. Coast Guard says they were notified at around 4 p.m. Saturday after air traffic controllers at Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport lost radar and radio contact with the plane about a mile offshore near Cudahy.
In an email, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory says the plane departed from Racine late Saturday afternoon.
A single-engine aircraft that took off from a Racine County airport crashed into Lake Michigan, leaving two people dead.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner has confirmed the two deaths, but two people may still be missing. Earlier reports indicated there were four people on board.
The plane was reportedly heading to the air show in Oshkosh from Racine when it went down.
Our media partners at WISN 12 News are reporting that a 1975 Piper crashed sometime early Saturday evening.
Debris was found in the water, but the Coast Guard has not been able to locate the plane just yet, according to our friends at Racine Uncovered. Air traffic control at Mitchell International Airport notified the Coast Guard when the aircraft disappeared off radar.
Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said there were no calls of distress from the pilot, but that could be because they were flying by visual flight rules, which means they might not have been talking to air traffic control, WISN is reporting.
The search area is about three miles off the coast of Cudahy.
At around 5:45 p.m., the Racine County Dive Team was called in to assist the Milwaukee County Fire Department.
MILWAUKEE — Two people have been found dead after a small plane went down in Lake Michigan near a Milwaukee suburb.
According to Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s investigator Lesley Kenney, the office was called to the scene at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday after two people were found dead. She did not have any other information.
Petty Officer Chris Yaw says the U.S. Coast Guard was notified at around 4 p.m. Saturday after air traffic controllers at Mitchell International Airport lost radar and radio contact with the single engine plane about a mile offshore near Cudahy.
The Coast Guard as well as the Milwaukee fire department are searching by boat and helicopter.
Yaw says he doesn’t know how many were aboard.
1 Dead, 3 Missing After Racine Plane Crashes Into Lake Michigan
A single-engine plane believed to be from Racine crashed into Lake Michigan off the coast of Cudahy early Saturday evening.
A single-engine aircraft that took off from a Racine County airport has reportedly crashed into Lake Michigan, leaving at least one person dead and three people missing.
MILWAUKEE–A small plane with several people on board has crashed in Lake Michigan about 3 miles off of Cudahy.
It happened around 3:00 p.m. Saturday.
The U.S. Coast Guard said that the plane was possibly a single engine plane and that it was flying from Racine to Milwaukee.
Lots of fire trucks, ambulances and dive teams were responding to the scene.
The Coast guard said that flight for life and all available assets have been called out.
A spokesperson from General Mitchell Airport said that they had gotten notification of the crash, but have no specific involvement.
Elizabeth Cory, spokeswoman for the FAA said that it has had no contact or report of a missing aircraft. The plane could have been flying using visual flight rules and would not have had FAA contact.