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UPDATE: Sheriff says two dead in crash of ultralight plane

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Published: Aug. 9, 2017 at 8:57 AM CDT
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Sheriff's officials say two people have died in the crash of an ultralight plane into a river in southern Wisconsin.

Jefferson County Sheriff Paul Milbrath said in a statement Wednesday a 51-year-old Edgerton area man and a 16-year-old boy from the Fort Atkinson area died when the aircraft went down in the Rock River near Jefferson Tuesday night.

The ultralight had taken off from Fort Atkinson Airport just before it crashed about 8 p.m. The sheriff says the plane was nearly submerged when first responders arrived. Recreational boaters on the river helped emergency responders pull the two from the plane. They were pronounced dead by the Jefferson County medical examiner.

Federal aviation officials will investigate.


JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say an ultralight plane with two people on board crashed into a river in Jefferson County.

First responders used boats to reach the victims. There's no immediate word on their conditions.

WTMJ -TV reports the plane went down in the Rock River near the Fort Atkinson Municipal Airport about 8 p.m. A medical helicopter was called to the scene.