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UPDATE: Pilot in fatal plane crash into Sheboygan Falls farm identified

Updated: 4:00 p.m. July 21, 2018

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The pilot who died in the crash of a vintage jet airplane in Sheboygan Falls Friday has been  identified as Martin Tibbitts. The 50-year-old pilot was from Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

The names of the two people injured on the ground in the crash have not been released. The man suffered severe leg injuries and the woman is recovering well from her injuries.

Up to 50 animals in the barns were injured or killed in the incident. Sheboygan Falls Fire Chief says about 20 to 25 of the cows died and other local farmers are helping to try and save the other calves injured in the incident.

The aircraft, a de Havilland DH 112 Venom, is registered to the Wold Heritage Air Museum of Harper Woods, Michigan. According to a July 11 tweet from the EAA, a de Havilland Vampire and the de Havilland Venom from the World Heritage Air Museum were expected to be in Oshkosh as the EAA celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.  

At a news conference Saturday afternoon, Jack Vanover, an Air Safety Investigator with the National Traffic Safety Board said that a preliminary report of the crash is expected to be issued in the next five days. He said a probable cause report will be issued in the next 12 to 18 months.

The Federal Aviation Administration is assisting the NTSB in the investigation.

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Updated: 6:08 p.m. July 20, 2018

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. (CBS 58) -- In a press conference Friday evening the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office said that a plane crashed into a farm that housed calves. The pilot of the plane died during the crash and two people working at the farm were injured. One the injured was airlifted and another was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Multiple cows were injured or had to be put down. Fire officials said it could be as many as 50 calves. A veterinarian was brought in to euthanize the injured cows.

Emergency officials said the plane was taking off from the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport when it crashed on the grass and bounced once landing into the barns. 

Both FAA and NTSB have been called to investigate the crash.

Officials hope with EAA Oshkosh close by that the investigation can be completed soon.


The Sheboygan Falls farm that was hit by the plane issued a statement on social media Friday evening.

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Posted: 4:28 p.m. July 20, 2018

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Plymouth Fire Department confirms to CBS 58 that they are responding to a plane crash in Sheboygan Falls. 

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The incident was reported just before 4:30 p.m. on Friday. 

Stay with CBS 58 through this developing story.

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