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NTSB report: airplane attempting loop during fatal Marengo Township crash

The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. on October 23 in Marengo Township.
The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. on October 23 in Marengo Township.(Abigael Smith)
Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 11:44 AM CST
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MARENGO TOWNSHIP, WI -- An airplane involved in a fatal October crash in northwest Wisconsin was attempting to fly in a loop when it hit a house and the ground, killing both people on board.

The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. on October 23 in Marengo Township.

The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. on October 23 in Marengo Township.
The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. on October 23 in Marengo Township.(CBS 3 Duluth)

According to the Ashland County Sheriff’s office, the crash killed a 29-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, both from Marengo.

According to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, the pilot’s sister-in-law reported she received a phone call from the pilot about five minutes before the crash.

She told authorities the pilot told her to wait outside because he intended to fly over her house.

The airplane flew over her home multiple times at what the NTSB identified as a low altitude before it entered an aerodynamic loop maneuver.

According to the NTSB, the airplane hit a house and the ground while descending in the loop maneuver.

Another witness told the NTSB they saw the airplane flying “pretty low” before it entered an aerobatic loop maneuver.

According to the NTSB, they did not find any evidence of a mechanical malfunction or failure that would have caused the crash.

NTSB data shows the airplane, which was a American Champion Aircraft model 8KCAB, took off from Ashland and was heading toward Eden Prairie, MN.

The NTSB continues to investigate the crash.

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