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Forum News Service, Published June 15 2013

Two people killed in Wis. plane crash

LA POINTE, Wis. - Two people are confirmed dead after a plane crashed Saturday evening near the Madeline Island airport.

The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the crash was reported at 6:34 p.m. Saturday. La Pointe police officers responded to the scene and within five minutes found the plane engulfed in flames in a heavily wooded area about 150 to 200 yards south of the airport runway.

The aircraft - described as a single-engine plane, possibly a Piper Comanche - reportedly was trying to land and went into the wooded area short of the runway, the sheriff’s office reported.

The victims’ identities had not been released as of late Saturday night. The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The weather station at Kennedy Memorial Airport in Ashland, about 15 miles southwest of the crash site, reported partly cloudy skies and 10-mile visibility at 6 and 7 p.m. Saturday.