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Three people escape injury after plane crashes on Madeline Island

Three people escaped injury when their plane crashed Saturday while attempting to land on Madeline Island.

The La Pointe Police Department reported that the 1974 Piper Cherokee was approaching Major Gilbert Field from the north just after noon when the landing went awry. The plane came to rest in a wooded area just east of the south end of the runway.

Three people on board were “shaken but uninjured,” the police department reported, and they refused medical transport.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and will be on the scene Sunday to investigate the cause of Saturday’s crash.

The La Pointe Police Department, La Pointe Fire Department and La Pointe Ambulance Service responded to the scene.

The crash comes just short of a year after a plane crash claimed two lives on Madeline Island. Two brothers from western Wisconsin died on June 15, 2013, when their Piper Comanche crashed while trying to land at Major Gilbert Field. A preliminary investigation indicated that the plane bounced “out of control” on the runway during an initial landing attempt, then crashed during a second attempt.