PHILLIPS, Wis. - Price County (WFRV) The Price County Sheriff Department identified the names of the six people killed after a plane crashed near the city of Phillips. Their names are as follows:
Kevin James King, 70, of Bensenville, IL
James Francis, 63, of Norco, CA
Kyle Demauro, 21, of Bensenville, IL
Thomas Demauro, 56, of Bensenville, IL
Charles Tomlitz, 69, of Addison, IL
George Tomlitz, 45, from Brookfield, IL
Price County Sheriff Brian Schmidt says his department continues to investigate the crash, with the help of the National Transportation Safety Board, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Price County (WFRV) During a press conference Sunday, investigators revealed six people were killed in the Price County plane crash.
Our sister station, WSAW, reports officials are not releasing names, ages or their relationships right now. The Price County Sheriff did confirm they're all adults.
Early Saturday morning, the sheriff's office received a call from the Air Marine Operations Center that an aircraft dropped altitude quickly and radio contact was lost. The sheriff's office said the plane had left from Chicago and was heading to Canada on a fishing trip.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators said there was a discussion between the pilot of the plane and air traffic controllers about "local weather phenomenon." At about 1:53 a.m., the aircraft dropped off radar.
Wreckage from the plane was found in the area of State Highway 111 and U.S. Highway 8 in the Township of Harmony.
"We're dealing with things that people just don't want to talk about or see," Price County Sheriff Brian Schmidt said.
Several departments responded to help with the scene. But a surprising amount of help has also come from around the community. Schmidt said crews turned to someone from the Price County airport who owned a private helicopter. Crews were then able to view the plane wreckage from above.
Price County (WFRV) A press conference is set for Sunday where we will learn more about the fatal plane crash in Price County.
Authorities in Price County are investigating the deadly crash of a Cessna airplane.
The Price County Sheriff's Office has not said how many people were aboard the airplane when it crashed at 3:21 a.m. Saturday or whether more than one person died.
The sheriff's office says the crash happened just south of the city of Phillips. Several area fire departments responded.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are helping investigate.
FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro says the plane was a Cessna 421.