Pilot airlifted to treatment following small plane crash in Racine County

RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A small plane crashed in Racine County on Tuesday, Jan.18, near the Sylvania Airport in Sturtevant. 

A CBS 58 crew at the scene could see an aircraft on the ground with several emergency crews around it. 

According to the Racine County Sheriff's Office, the single-engine Cessna plane crashed prior to take-off. The plane had significant front-end damage and was near a fuel tanker truck. 

Deputies identified the pilot and sole occupant of the airplane as a 79-year-old Waterford man. He was conscious and breathing and taken to Froedtert Hospital via Flight for Life. 

It was determined prior to lift-off, the plane’s wing struck the fuel tanker truck, which spun the plane around, and caused the airplane to crash head-on into the truck. 


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