Mount Pleasant Plane Crash Victim Was Heading Back to Illinois

Police say the pilot and only passenger on the downed aircraft was from Highland Park.

Mount Pleasant Police confirm the pilot who died in the Sept. 5 plane crash was from Highland Park, IL. His name will be released at a press conference scheduled for noon today, Sept. 6.

The Racine County Medical Examiner, Tom Terry, said the victim was taken to the morgue in Waukesha where an autopsy will be performed at 9 am tomorrow, Sept. 7.

"Waukesha County has a forensic morgue and that is where a cause-of-death will be determined," Terry said.

At approximately 6:45 pm Sept. 5, a single engine plane crashed into the field just west of Roma Lodge near the intersection of Spring Street and Airline Road.

Ryan Nielsen, a Mount Pleasant resident who lives near the crash site, said he heard the plane come in low over his house just west of Airline Road.

"I went outside and saw it flying low, but it was loud so I think the engine was still working," he said. "Then it banked and I heard a 'thud' when it came down."

Harry Manning, a Mount Pleasant trustee and Patch reader, sent an email message with a link to flight information based on the plane's tail number.

The website says the pilot was flying from Wausau to Waukegan, a flight expected to take about 45 minutes. Reports on the site indicate the plane was in the air for 34 minutes before it crashed in Mount Pleasant and may have been cruising at an altitude of 19,000 feet going about 350 miles per hour. It was registered in 2010 as a SOCATA TBM 700 to Green Plane LLC Wisconsin Dells.

Airline Road was open in both directions as of 9 am Sept. 6. Captain Brian Smith of the Mount Pleasant Police Department said his officers were just keeping a perimeter while officials from both the FAA and the NTSB continued to investigate the scene.

"We just want to keep people away from the immediate area," he said.

The aircraft remains in the field and Smith said he didn't know when it would be moved.


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