Fri, Aug 20, 2010
Octogenarian Aviator Has Been Flying Over 70 Years
An 88-year-old pilot was seriously injured Wednesday when the
Piper Aerostar he was flying went down in a cornfield in Sauk
County, Wisconsin. Bill Wenkman, a former commercial pilot who has
been flying for more than 70 years, was reportedly alert and able
to speak to rescuers when they arrived on the scene.
Pete Premo, who is secretary of the Pilot's Association at
Baraboo-Wisconsin Dells Airport (KDLL) and a friend if Wenkman's,
said "it appears he came in too low, for what ever reason."
Wenkman's airplane clipped the row of windbreak trees near the
airport before going down in the cornfield just north of KDLL.
The Wisconsin State-Journal reports that Wenkman owns
five airplanes including the Aerostar, and flies several times a
week, according to Premo. Bill Murphy, who operates the FBO at
KDLL, said Wenkman was returning from Reedsburg, WI, (C35) which is
about 9 nm west of KDLL, when the accident happened.
Murphy said to his knowledge, Wenkman did not contact the
airport before the landing attempt.
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