UPDATED: 2 people die in Madeline Island plane crash

Monday June 17, 2013

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) -- Ashland County authorities say a La Crosse doctor and his brother were killed in a single-engine plane crash on Madeline Island.

Sheriff Mick Brennan identifies the victims as the pilot, 63-year-old Dr. Richard Renwick, and his brother, 58-year-old Bruce Renwick from Waunakee.

WXOW-TV reports Dr. Renwick was a physician in obstetrics and gynecology at Gundersen Health System. In a statement, Gundersen says Renwick "was an exceptional physician, but even more important, he was a wonderful friend and family man."

The Piper Comanche went down south of a runway on the island in northwestern Wisconsin Saturday evening and became engulfed in flames.

A witness told sheriff's investigators the pilot was trying to land the plane, then aborted the landing and turned to make a second approach before it went down.

Copyright Associated Press 2013

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Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013 --- 7:17 p.m.

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say a pilot apparently was attempting to land a single-engine plane when it crashed near the airport on Madeline Island in northwestern Wisconsin, killing him and a passenger.

The Ashland County Sheriff's Office says the crash was reported just after 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Sheriff Mick Brennan tells the Duluth News Tribune (http://bit.ly/19cdc8H ) a witness saw the plane try to land, then abort the landing and apparently turn to make a second approach. The plane then went down just short of the runway and caught fire.

The names and hometowns of the two men were not immediately released pending notification of relatives, but the sheriff says they were not residents of the island or the immediate region.

The single-engine Piper PA-24 Comanche was registered to a company in La Crosse.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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