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NTSB: Cabin Door Opened Before Plane Crash Last Year

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CASSVILLE (WRN) - A cabin door opened on a single-engine plane just before it crashed in southwest Wisconsin last year. That’s according to the National Transportation Board. 2 student pilots were alone in a craft owned by the University of Dubuque when it dived to the ground in Cassville in September of 2008. Grant Vogt, a junior from Dubuque, died 6 days after the crash. Cory Alsip of suburban Chicago survived but had severe burns. The safety board said the 2 were flying a small Trinidad plane from Dubuque to Prairie du Chien when they diverted to Cassville. Investigators said the right cabin door opened in flight, and one of the pilots tried to hold it closed as the plane was diverting. But it flew open again, and the plane crashed. It hit a tree and 2 cabins before diving to the ground at the Eagles’ Roost Resort, where 2 bystanders put out flames on both pilots’ bodies. Had the Good Samaritans not been there, local authorities said the 2 pilots probably would have burned to death immediately.

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