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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Family of three, including a six-month-old boy, miraculously survive a small plane crash

 Emergency rescue workers in Wisconsin were stunned to find that a family of three, including an infant, were still alive inside a small plane that crashed on Wednesday.

Authorities say the 41-year-old pilot, his 37-year-old wife and their six-month-old baby boy were on board the single-engine aircraft when it crashed shortly after takeoff into a vehicle parked near the runway at Capitol Airport in Pewaukee around 12:08pm.

The pilot suffered the most serious injuries of the trio, as his wife was not seriously injured and the infant was reportedly fine, Capt. Phil Horter with the Brookfield Police Department said, according to ABC News.

The pilot's condition and injuries are unknown at this time.

The couple was transported nearby to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, as the infant was taken to the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin to be checked out as a precaution.

The family, whose identities have not been released, is originally from Virginia, but was visiting family members in Waukesha, WISN reported.

The cause of the plane crash is still unknown, as the FAA and NTSB are now investigating the incident.

An FAA spokesperson said that the single-engine plane lost altitude right before the crash. 

Luckily, no one was inside the vehicle that the plane hit, Horter said.

The Capitol Airport is used daily by several dozen aircrafts that fly in and out of there, but due to the crash it will be closed for the next 24 hours.

Pilot David Mann was also flying out of Capitol Airport on Wednesday when he said there must be some 'extenuating circumstances' in regards to the crash. 

'There's got to be some extenuating circumstances that would cause that problem today I would say,' Mann told WISN.

'I flew a light twin from here up to Waukesha just this afternoon, and it was quite bumpy out.

'You had to be careful, but I don't think it was too windy to fly.'

At the time of the crash on Wednesday afternoon, wind speeds did not exceed 20mph. 


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