Plane Headed to Eaa Crashes in Vernon County

VERNON COUNTY, WI (Ben Caxton) — Two people were injured when a small plane headed to the EAA Oshkosh Air Show crashed in Vernon County on Friday. The plane came down in a soybean field on private property near US Highway 14 and County Road Y, north of Viroqua. First responders found the aircraft was in one piece, but laying on its top. The pilot, 70-year-old Alton Akers of Worley told Vernon County Sheriff’s Deputies that he and his son and co-pilot, 41-year-old Cabe were en route from Idaho to the EAA Oshkosh Air Show when the 1940 single-engine, two-seat, Culver Cadet airplane they were flying began to experience engine problems. They requested an emergency landing at the Viroqua Municipal Airport but had to activate an emergency locator device when the engine quit on descent and they had to attempt to land in a nearby soybean field short of the airport. On touchdown, though the aircraft’s wheels sunk into the dirt, causing it to flip over onto its top. Both pilot and co-pilot were able to free themselves from the wreckage and were transported by Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance to Vernon Memorial Hospital to be stabilized before being transferred to Gundersen Health System. Both pilots remain hospitalized in stable condition with serious injuries.

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