Update: NTSB says pilot was worried about wet turf morning of Ledgeview crash

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THURSDAY 10/24/19 1:52 p.m.

LEDGEVIEW, Wis. (WFRV) — A preliminary investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board shows the pilot of a Ledgeview plane crash was “concerned about the wet turf runway.”

According to NTSB, the pilot, John Fiddelke, had met with a mechanic the morning of the crash to complete an annual inspection of the aircraft.

Fiddelke and the mechanic reportedly ate lunch together and Fiddelke expressed his concern about the runway in Ledgeview.

Officials say Fiddelke stated he preferred to land near the end of the runway.

Witnesses who were traveling in vehicles near the accident and dashboard camera showed NTSB that the plane was about 5 feet over the highway adjacent to the end of the runway. The plane then crashed into the front left side of a westbound pickup truck driven by Patrick Schounard of Greenleaf.

NTSB says the plane stayed onto of the truck as the truck left the highway, entered a ditch, and came to rest in the front yard of a home near the runway.

Read the full preliminary results here.

The investigation remains under investigation by NTSB.

Driver of pickup truck dies after crash involving plane in Ledgeview

TUESDAY 10/22/19 12:45 p.m.

LEDGEVIEW, Wis. (WFRV) — The driver of the pickup truck involved in a crash with a plane has died.

Patrick Schounard of Greenleaf was taken to the hospital after the incident in Ledgeview last week. Officials said he was in serious condition.

Officials identify pilot, pickup driver in Ledgeview crash, release more information

FRIDAY 10/18/19 12:20 p.m.

LEDGEVIEW, Wis. (WFRV) — Officials have released more information about the plane versus pickup truck crash in Ledgeview.

According to Lieutenant Zeigle of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, the driver of the pickup truck has been identified as Patrick Schounard from Greenleaf. He remains in serious condition at a local hospital.

The pilot of the plane has been identified as John Fiddelke of De Pere. He passed away as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Officials from the NTSB and the FAA arrived this morning to further investigate the crash.

An official from the NTSB says they will conduct their investigation of the crash.

According to Aaron Sauer, an official from NTSB, the plane may have just received its annual inspection. They will now speak with the mechanic who worked on the plane and consult maintenance records recovered from the aircraft.

An investigation by the NTSB could take between six months to a year, according to officials.

Sauer says there is no word yet as to why the aircraft was flying so close to the road.

The Sheriff’s Office believes Dutchman Road will be reopened today around 3 p.m.

Authorities to release new information on Ledgeview plane crash at noon

FRIDAY 10/18/19 10:53 a.m.

LEDGEVIEW, Wis. (WFRV) – Lieutenant Zeigle of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office will release new information on the Ledgeview plane crash at 12:00 p.m. Friday. 

Lt. Zeigle will release the names of those involved in the crash, including the pilot that died Thursday evening. 

The FAA and NTSB will be onhand as well.

Pilot in Ledgeview plane crash pronounced dead

10/17/2019 10:03 PM

A pilot is dead after an airplane crashed into a pickup truck Thursday evening.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash on Dutchman Road just west of Hidden Valley Lane in the Town of Ledgeview around 4:50 p.m.

Deputies say the airplane was attempting to land at a private airfield when it collided with a westbound pickup truck.

The driver of the truck was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries while the pilot of the airplane was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to officials, the airplane was piloted by an area Ledgeview man, and the pickup truck was driven by a man from the Greenleaf area.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

Names are being withheld pending notification of relatives.

ORIGINAL STORY 10/17/2019 5:33 PM

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office say they are responding to a plane crash in the Town of Ledgeview.

Local 5’s Robyn Oguinye says officials have confirmed one person has been critically injured in this incident near Fonferek Glen.

WFRV has a crew responding to the scene and we will continue to provide updates as they become available.

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