NEW INFORMATION: Lone pilot killed in missing plane crash

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BAY CITY, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Pierce County Sheriff's Department says the pilot of a missing airplane was killed in a plane crash.

Deputies say around 6 p.m. Saturday, deputies were notified by the Civil Air Patrol that they had possibly located the plane which had gone missing Friday. The Eau Claire Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol says three air crew members located the crash scene and notified its ground search teams that were dispatched from Eau Claire and Red Wing based squadrons as well as the Pierce County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies along with Ellsworth Fire and Red Wing Ambulance responded to a farm field north of 130th Ave. near 570th St. where the Civil Air Patrol believed they spotted it.

Deputies they found a single engine Cessna that had crashed in the field. They also discovered there was a single occupant in the plane. 73-year-old Richard Schweitzer of Watersmeet, MI was found dead at the crash site.

The FAA and the NTSB helped the Sheriff's Office with the initial investigation but now have taken over the investigation.

No word yet on the cause of the crash.

Members of the Eau Claire Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron are located between Turtle Lake and Osseo, and Altoona and Menomonie.


A plane that went missing over central Wisconsin has been found.

The Wisconsin Wing of the Civil Air Patrol says the aircraft was located near Bay City around 6:30 Saturday night.

The aircraft took off from an airport in northeast Wisconsin on Friday and had not arrived at its destination.

The condition of the aircraft and its occupants is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

The Civil Air Patrol is on the search for a missing airplane.

The Wisconsin Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, with assistance from Minnesota Wing, is looking for an airplane that left early Friday afternoon from Land O'Lakes Airport in northeastern Wisconsin bound for Nebraska.

The airplane was last known to be three miles southeast of the Red Wing Municipal Airport. The missing airplane is a Cessna 210 with red, white and blue markings. The plane is known to have a "high-wing" design and a single engine.

The Civil Air Patrol asks anyone who may have seen an airplane similar to the description or who observed or heard an airplane at low altitudes in the area around western Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota Friday to contact them.

Information can be provided to Major Todd Mandel the Public Information Officer at 608-487-9053.

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