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Officials identify victims in small aircraft crash

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Authorities have identified the two people killed Tuesday when the small aircraft they were in crashed into the Rock River near the Fort Atkinson airport.

David Plambeck, 51, of Edgerton and Max Burlingame, 16, of Fort Atkinson died in the crash, according the the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say that Plambeck was piloting the aircraft and that Burlingame was a friend of the family.

The aircraft crashed into the river near Ft. Atkinson's municipal airport around 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017.

Upon arrival, rescue crews found the aircraft almost completely submerged and discovered the passengers were unconscious. Recreational boaters in the area assisted in getting to the pilot and passenger, according the sheriff's office.

Dive team members removed the ultralight from the river this morning.


Officials have confirmed that two people have died after an ultralight aircraft crashed into the river near Ft. Atkinson's municipal airport around 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.

The victims are a 51-year-old male and a 16-year-old male, authorities say. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says the 51-year-old was the pilot and he knew the family of the 16-year-old, who was his passenger.


Crews will begin to remove an aircraft Wednesday that crashed into the Rock River Tuesday evening.

The ultralight aircraft crashed into the river near Ft. Atkinson's municipal airport around 8:00 p.m. The Jefferson Fire Department tells our Madison sister station WKOW 27 News that two people were on board. They were both rescued and brought to shore, but as of Wednesday morning, there's no word on how they're doing or if they were hurt.

Video sent to 27 News by viewer Billy Pitzner shows the rescue. Pitzner tells us his stepfather saw the plane circle the airport and heard the crash. He says they went in their boat and gave firefighters a ride to the crash scene.

Fire officials say Med Flight was on the scene as well as several ambulances. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson Fire Department, Ft. Atkinson Police, Ft. Atkinson Fire and EMS along with others all helped.

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