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Pilot escaped injury in Appleton plane crash

APPLETON – A Wisconsin man escaped injury after his plane crashed Wednesday afternoon while attempting to land at the Appleton Municipal Airport.

According to Police Chief Sedrick Borsgard, the pilot, who was only identified as a 42-year-old man from Clear Lake, Wisconsin, was attempting to land a 1973 Cessna Skyhawk around noon Wednesday when the plane slid off the icy runway.

The plane attempted to take off again, but was unable to regain speed.

Borsgard said the plane ran off the runway and the tires connected into the snow causing it to flip over.

The pilot was checked out by local EMS and didn’t sustain any injuries from the crash, Borsgard said, but te plane sustained major damage to its top, wings and wheels.

The crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

The Appleton Police Department was assisted by Appleton Ambulance, Appleton Fire Department and Swift County Sheriff’s Department.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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