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Pilot dies in Wisconsin plane crash

Updated: September 11, 2012 10:23AM

A pilot died Sunday after a plane crashed into the garage of a home near Kansasville, Wisc., officials said.

The crash happened about 12:08 p.m. in the 2400 block of Kennedy Avenue, not far from a Kansasville fire station, Kansasville Fire and Rescue Department Chief Chad Franks said.

The plane crashed in a residential subdivision near Eagle Lake, about two miles from Kansasville, according to Lt. Steve Sikora of the Racine County (Wisc.) Sheriff’s office.

The fixed-wing Beech 36 plane departed Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling heading towards Minocqua, Wis., according to Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory.

“Our rescue crews heard and felt the explosion,” Franks said, adding the department began receiving calls of an aircraft crash.

The crash caused a fire that destroyed the plane, a garage and two cars, Franks said. Two homes and some outdoor sheds were also damaged before firefighters were able to put out the blaze.

“It is amazing that no one else was injured,” Sikora said. “There were people outside, including a next door neighbor who saw the whole thing.”

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board, Isham Cory said.

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