Pilot in Sheboygan Falls plane crash identified

Posted at 8:08 PM, Jul 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-21 23:52:44-04

Sheboygan Sheriff's Office identified the pilot killed in a plane crash on July 20, 2018 as 50 year-old Martin Tibbitts of Grosse Pointe, MI.

The plane crashed just down the road from Sheboygan County Memorial Airport on County Road O. Authorities said the plane was taking off when it crashed into a farm.

They said Tibbitts was killed on impact.

Some neighbors said they didn't even hear the crash, but when they saw all the emergency vehicles and smoke, they knew something was wrong.

"It's just awful," said Chuck Swanson who saw the dark smoke while driving.

Authorities said Tibbitts was the only who died in the crash. Two farm workers in the building were injured.

"They were actually feeding cattle, or calves, in the building when the plane came through and were hit by the airplane as it came through the building," said Sheboygan Falls Fire Chief Bob Kroeplien.

Officials said they are being treated for injuries.
They added dozens of cattle were killed and many others injured.

"It's farm life and something like that just falling out of the sky on you is a little, a little concerning, I guess, and a little upsetting," said Tom Teaters of Kohler.

"It's tragic, especially when it's so close to town, and it's somebody's livelihood, and you know a lot of people know about it, and they could see it," said Swanson.

Chief Kroeplien grew up on the farm. He responded to the call yesterday.

"As bad as it was, it could've been a lot worse," said Chief Kroeplien.

The NTSB is handling the investigation at this time.
They say a preliminary report will be available in five days.