Plane crashes into Lake Michigan, 2 dead


by Tiffany Shepherd
by Caleb Bublitz

CUDAHY--A small plane with multiple people on board has crashed in Lake Michigan about 3 miles off of Cudahy.

The Milwaukee Medical Examiner's office confirms that two people are dead. Two men were found inside the plane, about 45 feet down in Lake Michigan.

The pilot has been identified as William Gensler. He was a flight instructor who maintained an office at Batten International Airport in Racine.

His passenger has not yet been identified.

The 1975 Piper single engine plane took off from Racine and was headed to Oshkosh, but only 20 minutes after taking off, the plane crashed a few miles away from Cudahy around 3:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Cory, spokeswoman for the FAA said that it has had no contact or report of a missing aircraft. The plane could have been flying using visual flight rules and would not have had FAA contact.

The Fire Department said the single engine Piper aircraft was heavily damaged, but for the most part remained intact.

The owner of the plane was not on board, but has been in contact with the Coast Guard.

The Coast guard called off their search around 11:00 p.m. Saturday after verifying that Gensler and his passenger were the only two on board the aircraft.






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