Sun, Sep 12, 2004
A Cirrus SR22 has gone down in Northern Wisconsin, killing it's
pilot and injuring the University of North Dakota flight instructor
who was reportedly providing dual instruction. Local sources
responding to ANN's inquiries, indicate that conditions were 'nice'
VFR, and that the aircraft may have collided with terrain (trees)
prior to a landing.
The aircraft, N1223S, was a Cirrus SR22 rebuilt from a prior
accident in which it had become the first certificated airframe to
make use of a BRS/CAPS emergency parachute system to conduct an
emergency rescue that resulted in surprisingly little damage. The
aircraft had been resold to a new owner after Cirrus spent
considerable time studying the airframe and then restoring it to
The aircraft went down in the Flambeau River. One of the POBs
was heli-transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield,
WI, while the other was pronounced dead at the scene. Local
eyewitnesses report hearing the impact with the water, while nearby
boaters provided initial help and attempted rescue. One local media
report, quoting Sheriff's sources, reports that the aircraft was
making an emergency landing. ANN's conversation with the Price
County Sheriff was not able to verify those details and the
Sheriff's Department refused to confirm the media report.
According to the Price County Sheriff, Wallace C.
Krenzke, "on Friday, September 10, 2004 at approximately 12:00
PM a single engine aircraft crashed while attempting a landing at
the Park Falls Airport in northern Price County. There were two
occupants in the aircraft. One fatality resulted from the crash.
The names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of
The incident remains under investigation by the Price County
Sheriff's Department, the Price County Coroner's Office, the
National Transportation Safety Board, and the Federal Aviation
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