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Small plane crash-lands on Interstate 94 in Wisconsin

Updated: October 23, 2012 1:51AM

A small plane crash-landed on Interstate 94 near Racine, Wis. Monday evening, cutting off all three southbound lanes of travel and snarling traffic for miles.

The twin-engine aircraft landed on the interstate in Yorkville, about seven miles west of Racine after a failed landing attempt at the nearby Sylvania Airport, according to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.

A female passenger was injured in the crash, which occurred about 6:43 p.m., and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, sheriff’s police said. A male pilot declined medical treatment and walked away from the crash.

Other than creating a traffic headache for motorists, there were no automobile accidents or injuries reported due to the plane landing on the interstate, sheriff’s police said.

Authorities did not say why the two were flying, though the recently-restored 1968 Beecher B90 plane is registered to Sky Dive Midwest, which offers guided tandem parachute jumps, according to the company’s website.

“She only needs 8 1/2 minutes to climb to 14,500 feet. Not to mention the new paint scheme looks just bad a--,” according promotional material on the company ‘s website touting recent improvements. “All in all the new (plane) is safer, faster, and easy to load, resulting in quicker turn-around times and more jumps per day. So pack fast, and enjoy the ride.”

Skydive Midwest said the plane, named Delta Alpha, has two Raisebeck modified PT-6-28 turbine engines and is “the area’s premier KingAir jump ship.”

About 200 pounds were removed from the plane during a restoration last winter, according to Skydive Midwest’s website. The restoration also included a new paint job, new interior and updated safety features.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the Racine County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a joint investigating of the crash.

The FAA said its investigations typically take “several weeks or more” before completion.

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