One Person Dead in Airplane Crash Near Roma Lodge

The pilot was flying from Chicago to Milwaukee when he crashed trying to make it to Batten Field in Racine.

UPDATE: 9:40 p.m.: Captain Brian Smith of the and Chief William Bouma of the South Shore Fire Department confirmed that the pilot and only occupant of a single-engine, eight-passenger plane was killed when the aircraft crashed.

The plane went down at about 6:45 pm in the farm field just west of at Spring Street and Airline Road.

Smith said the pilot is believed to be an older businessman from Illinois, possibly from Chicago.

The Federal Aviation Administration was on-scene and they confirmed to police the pilot was headed to Milwaukee but reported some kind of trouble. He was trying to get to Batten International Airport when the crashed occured. On impact, it appears the fuselage broke apart and the tail boom collapsed.

Ryan Nielsen, an eyewitness who lives near the crash site, said he heard the plane flying low over his house. He went outside and saw the aircraft flying low before it banked left and landed with what Nielsen described as a "thud" in the field.

South Shore Fire personnel were worried about a large amount of fuel that spilled in the field. State Department of Natural Resources had been called to assist with the situation.

When rescue teams reached the plane, they could see the pilot had severe injuries, but could not tell if he was alive. By the time they got the plane's door open, though, the victim was deceased.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive sometime later tonight, Sept. 5, while Mount Pleasant police kept the scene secured. A State Patrol crash investigation team is assisting Mount Pleasant, the FAA and the NTSB.

Spring Street in both directions was still closed as of 9:30 pm, but Smith said he expects to open at least one lane going westbound in the next couple of hours.

Another press conference is scheduled for noon tomorrow, Sept. 6, again in the parking lot of Roma Lodge.

UPDATE: 8:57 p.m.: Officials with the Mount Pleasant Police Department say the person who died was an older businessman from Illinois.

UPDATE 8:36 p.m.: The Associated Press is reporting that one person was killed in the crash and they were believed to have been the only person. According to the AP, the plane was headed to Batten Field when it lost power.

Original story:

A small airplane crashed in a field on Spring Street near Airline Road at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5.

Ryan Nielsen, a witness who lives close to the area, said he saw the plane flying low and bank to the left when it fell.

Officials with the Mt. Pleasant Fire and Police are on scene. About 10 to 15 rescue personnel are dragging out a board

A lot of jet fuel is believed to be on the ground. The white with red plane is a low-wing, turbo prop, six to eight passenger plane. The fuselage is broken, the tail boom has collapsed, the engine compartment looks like it's been torn apart.


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