UPDATE: Report says pilot had engine issues, asked to land before crash

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JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — A preliminary report into a fatal plane crash near Janesville says a pilot aboard the small aircraft reported engine issues and asked to land before the plane went down.

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on the Feb. 16 crash that killed Remington Viney, a staff sergeant with the Wisconsin Air National Guard, and Tanner Byholm.

The report says that about a minute after takeoff from the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, one of the pilots on the Velocity V asked for permission to turn around and land.

An air traffic controller asked if assistance was needed, but the pilot said no. No other radio communication was received.

UPDATE: Authorities identify victims in fatal Rock County plane crash

FRIDAY, Feb 19, 2021, 07:54 a.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Authorities have identified the two people killed in a Tuesday morning plane crash near Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Rock County.

According to our partner station WISC, the Rock County medical examiner pronounced 25-year-old Tanner Byholm from Glidden and 26-year-old Remington Viney from Kimberly dead at the scene.

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office completed forensic autopsies Friday and the deaths remain under investigation by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, NTSB, FAA, and Rock County Medical Examiner’s Department.

UPDATE: Federal investigators probe plane crash that killed two

WEDNESDAY 2/17/2021 6:54 a.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Federal investigators are expected to begin their work at the site of a fatal plane crash in southern Wisconsin.

Two people died Tuesday when a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville.

Authorities say the plane went down in a swampy area and was partially submerged in ice and mud. Officials say the plane hit some trees on the way down, tearing off the wings.

First responders tried to reach the crash site with all-terrain vehicles, but couldn’t get through the deep snow and downed trees.

Rescuers used an airboat, launched upstream at Happy Hollow Park, and reached the plane.

ORIGINAL: Experimental plane crashes in Rock County, authorities confirm 2 deaths

TUESDAY 2/16/2021 1:38 a.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say two people died when a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Department says the plane had reported a problem to the airport tower before the tower lost contact about 9:27 a.m. Tuesday.

Investigators believe the pilot was trying to return to the airport when the plane crashed about a mile south of the airport near the Rock River, The Janesville Gazette reports that the plane appeared to hit some trees before crashing.

Authorities say the wings were torn off the plane.

The plane was described as an experimental plane, but no further description was available.

ORIGINAL: Fatal plane crash in Southern Wisconsin

TUESDAY 2/16/2021 11:58 a.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a plane crash in the town of Rock was fatal, but few other details were immediately released.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office sent out a statement late Tuesday morning saying officials would provide an update at noon in reference to the “fatal plane crash.”

Reports say that rescue crews responded to an area along the Rock River, just south of the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport.

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