No one was injured in what officials are saying was a minor aircraft incident that happened mid-afternoon April 20 in Reedsburg.
The pilot was identified as 65 year old Madison resident John Jorgensen and he sustained no injuries, according to a press release from the Reedsburg Police Department.
Reedsburg Police Chief Patrick Cummings said Reedsburg dispatchers received the call at 2:52 p.m. for a report of a Cessna 180 plane that crashed at the municipal airport. Officials located the plane nose-down on the runway. Cummings said the pilot lost control after landing and the plane “basically tipped up on its nose.”
The aircraft sustained minor damage and was eventually secured at the airport, according to the press release.
“It was very minor damage to the plane,” Cummings said.
The Reedsburg Fire Department, Reedsburg Area Ambulance Service, Reedsburg Utility Commission, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Steve’s Auto Service assisted at the scene to safely right the plane “so there wasn’t any more damage to it,” Cummings said. He said the fire department provided assistance with “a little bit” of fuel leaking out of the plane onto the runway.
The plane is registered to the DNR and was “doing a fire route” at the time of the crash. He said the incident remains under investigation with the Federal Aviation Administration. A DNR and FAA representative could not be reached for comment April 22.
Reedsburg Airport Manager Tom Parker said the runway closed for “a short period” of time for officials to remove the plane off the runway. He said the runway didn’t sustain any damage and opened at about 7 p.m. April 20.
Another plane crash happened in the Reedsburg area 2016, and two pilots sustained no injuries when a plane overshot the airport runway and rolled through a fence. Another plane crash happened in 2011, where two people died after crashing into a metal barn about a mile away from the Reedsburg airport shortly after taking off.
“Luckily this time it was just a minor loss of control basically on the runway,” Cummings said. “So thank goodness that was the case this time and no injuries or major damage.”