One teen killed, another injured in small plane crash in NW Wisconsin
A two-seater airplane crashed in a river in Northwestern Wisconsin on Wednesday, killing one teenager aboard and seriously injuring another, authorities said.The Piper J-3 Cub went down about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday near Chetek and not far from where...
A two-seater airplane crashed in a river in Northwestern Wisconsin on Wednesday, killing one teenager aboard and seriously injuring another, authorities said.
The Piper J-3 Cub went down about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday near Chetek and not far from where a tornado tore through the area earlier this month, killing one person and injuring dozens more, according to the Barron County Sheriff's Office and Federal Aviation Administration.
"Another sad night for our community," Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Thursday. "On a weekend (when) we were supposed to come together to celebrate accomplishments with graduations and families gathering with the holiday, we need your thoughts and prayers."
The teen who died was Owen Knutson, 17, a junior at Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School, Fitzgerald said.
Injured was Hunter Gillett, 18, a senior at nearby Cameron High School. He was taken to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester with serious injuries, the sheriff said.
Authorities said Knutson was the pilot of the plane, which took off from a private airstrip south of Chetek.
The single-engine plane crashed into the Red Cedar River southeast of Chetek, and the responders pulled both teens from the wreckage in the water.
The FAA has sent a team to investigate the crash, with the National Transportation Safety Board leading the inquiry.