One person is dead and two others injured after a small plane crashed in Wisconsin Monday morning.
Officials said an initial investigation indicated the plane was having problems and attempted to land eastbound on Center Road in the Town of Hoard in central Wisconsin when it crashed.
Clark County Sheriff Gregory Herrick said the pilot said the plane started to ice up from the weather and began losing altitude. The pilot notified the Minneapolis Air Control Center of their emergency and their attempt to land on the road.
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While they were attempting to land, a wing caught a tree and caused the plane to hit a ditch and crash into several other trees, officials said.
Officials said 56-year-old passenger Martin Siegwart, from Boone, Michigan, was killed in the crash.
Herrick said the pilot, 27-year-old Mark Siegwart from Hammond, and his friend, 41-year-old Nathan Smoot from North Pole, Alaska, were flying a recently purchased plane back to Alaska from the Griffith Airport in Hammond, Indiana. The pair had stopped in Cadillac, Michigan to pick up Siegwart’s father, Martin, who planned to accompany them on the trip.
Mark Siegwart and Smoot were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield in stable condition. Smoot has since been released from the hospital, officials said.
The accident is under investigation by the FAA and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.