Pilot Killed in Plane Crash at Wisconsin Air Show
About the Fatal Plane Crash
Authorities say the crash happened just before 12:30 p.m. at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport. A 1993 YAK-55M single-engine plane crashed into a wooded area about 1,000 feet east of the airport runway. The pilot, identified as a 47-year-old male, was killed in the crash.
Witnesses reported seeing the plane spiral toward the ground and then looping up before crashing into trees. The airport was immediately closed and crowds were sent home following the crash. Both the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are expected to investigate the deadly crash.
Airplane Crash Facts
According to National Transportation Safety Board statistics, by far most airplane crashes occur to non-commercial planes. In 2011 and 2012, there was a combined total of 947 aviation fatalities in the U.S. Of those fatalities, 56 were attributed to air taxi accidents, 11 to foreign/unregistered accidents and the remaining 880 fatalities were attributed to general aviation accidents.