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UPDATE: One man dies after plane crashed at EAASubmitted: 07/31/2014

OSHKOSH - UPDATE: 7-31-14 8:20pm CDT

The Experimental Aircraft Association says a pilot was killed and his passenger seriously injured when a plane crashed at the Oshkosh airport where planes taking part in the annual AirVenture convention land.

EAA spokesman Dick Knapinksi says the plane went down on the southeast side of Wittman Regional Airport about 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Knapinski says the man piloting the custom-built Breezy aircraft died from his injuries. The pilot's female passenger is in serious condition.

Names and hometowns of those involved were not immediately released.

Knapinski says the airport was closed temporarily, but was reopened to departures about an hour later.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.


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Original story 7/31/14 2:30pm CDT

There are reports of 2 separate plane crashes in Oshkosh, one yesterday and another one this morning. Both appear to be related to the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture convention.

Oshkosh authorities say a small plane crash Wednesday has left two people injured. The Oshkosh Fire Department says the homebuilt plane crashed when it lost power as it was attempting to land.

The pilot and passenger are brothers from Kentucky. Fire officials say the men had to be removed from the wreckage. Their injuries aren't life-threatening. The cause of the power outage is unclear.

The plane crashed in a small air strip just south of the state prison. The National Transportation Safety Board says the plane was a single-engine, two-seater that was built from a kit. Authorities say it's likely the two men were coming to the area to attend the convention.

Also, the EEA says two people were hurt when a plane crashed Thursday at the Oshkosh airport, where planes taking part in the convention land. EAA spokesman Dick Knapinksi says the plane went down on the southeast side of Wittman Regional Airport about 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Knapinski says two people on board the plane have been taken to a local hospital, but he didn't immediately know how seriously they were injured. He also didn't immediately know the type of plane involved.

Knapinski says the airport was closed temporarily, but was reopened to departures about an hour later.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.


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