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Experienced Pilot Hospitalized After Crash Wednesday


WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (WTAQ) - An 88-year-old pilot was hospitalized in critical condition at last word, after his twin-engine plane crashed near the Baraboo-Wisconsin Dells Airport.

Bill Wenkman of Wisconsin Dells was taken to UW Hospital in Madison after the crash, which occurred Wednesday morning. Pete Premo, the secretary of the airport pilot’s association, said Wenkman was trying to land his Aerostar craft when he went down in a corn field about a half-mile north of the airport.

Premo said it appeared the plane came in too low, but he was not sure why. The Sauk County Sheriff’s Department and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Wenkman has over 70 years of flying experience. Primo said Wenkman flew commercial planes at one time – and he owns about 5 aircraft.