A small plane flying from Illinois to Canada has crashed in northern Wisconsin, killing all six people on board, local and federal officials said on Sunday. The group was heading to Canada for a fishing trip.
The accident occurred on early Saturday morning when radio contact was lost with a Cessna 421 aircraft as it flew over Price County in Wisconsin. Air traffic controllers reported that the aircraft was rapidly losing altitude.
The Price County Sheriff’s Office and other emergency services were notified of the missing plane at 3:21 a.m. CT, after which a search and rescue operation was launched. A private aircraft at Price County Airport assisted in the search.
The aircraft was located along Highway 111 in the small town of Harmony, about 130 miles (210 kilometers) northwest of Appleton. Several parts of the wreckage were found on the highway while the fuselage was found in the woods nearby.
Six people were on board the aircraft and county officials said there were no survivors. Their identities were not immediately released pending notification of next of kin, but all of the victims were said to be adults.
The twin-engine plane, which was registered to an aircraft company in Delaware, was flying from Waukegan near Chicago. The group on board was en-route to Winnipeg in Canada as part of a fishing trip.
There was no immediate word on the cause of the crash, which is the deadliest in the United States since December 2016. Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.
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