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Pilot killed, pickup driver injured in Wisconsin crash

Posted at 5:42 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 18:42:47-04

LEDGEVIEW, Wis. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say the pilot of a small plane was killed and the driver of a pickup truck was critically injured in a collision near a private airfield in eastern Wisconsin.

Authorities say the pilot of the fixed-wing, single-engine plane was coming in for a landing in Ledgeview on Thursday afternoon when it struck the pickup, which was traveling west on a Brown County highway.

The pilot, who was from De Pere, died at the scene. Authorities identify the pilot as John Fiddelke. The driver of the pickup, Patrick Schounard, who is from Greenleaf, was rushed to the hospital, where he is being treated for serious injuries.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office sent its crash reconstruction unit to the scene near Green Bay. Federal aviation officials are also investigating.