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Wisconsin Plane Crash: 6 Killed as Cessna Falls Apart in Air

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Debris covers a road in area of the crash. (Associated Press)

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 06:01 AM

A small plane fell apart in the air over northern Wisconsin, killing the six people onboard, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The Cessna 421 that crashed at 3:21 a.m. Saturday left from Waukegan, Illinois, and was flying to Winnipeg in the Canadian province of Manitoba, The Associated Press reported NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss as saying.

"The debris field suggested an in-flight break up," he said.

Lt. Gabe Lind at the Price County Sheriff's Office said the debris field from the crash stretched about a quarter mile from a heavily wooded area onto a state highway.

The six people killed were identified Monday as 70-year-old Kevin James King, 56-year-old Thomas DeMauro, 21-year-old Kyle DeMauro, 63-year-old James Francis, 69-year-old Charles Tomlitz, and 45-year-old George Tomlitz. The sheriff's office has said they were headed to Canada for a fishing trip.

The DeMauros and King are from Bensenville, Illinois. Francis is from Norco, California. Charles Tomlitz is from Addison, Illinois, and George Tomlitz is from Brookfield, Illinois. Authorities did not say how they knew each other or the DeMauros relation to each other.

NTSB investigators say there was a discussion between the pilot of the plane and air traffic controllers about "local weather phenomenon" in Catawba, Wisconsin, which is near the crash site just southwest of the city of Phillips. Soon after, the aircraft dropped off radar.

Weiss said investigators are still trying to determine what type of weather the plane encountered and whether it caused the crash.

Thomas DeMauro was a physical education teacher at Tioga Elementary School in Bensenville, Illinois, and Charles Tomlitz was a maintenance director for the district, according to a Facebook post from the school.

"Mr. DeMauro and Mr. Tomlitz will be missed by all the Tioga Community," the school's co-principals wrote in the post on the Tioga Elementary School Facebook page.

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