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Aircraft Accident Injures Five

July 22, 2015At approximately 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22, a six-seat Piper Malibu aircraft (N4BP) was landing on the east end of Runway 9/27 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. There were five people aboard the aircraft.

At the time of landing, the airplane crashed on the runway; the reason for the crash is still under investigation. Four of the airplane’s occupants were able to depart the aircraft on their own following the accident. The fifth person on board was extracted by responding units of the Oshkosh Fire Department, which has a fulltime facility on the airport grounds. That person was transported via medevac helicopter to an area hospital. Two of those injured have since been treated and released.

The aircraft was piloted by 46-year-old Kenneth J. Kaminski of Benton Harbor, Michigan. Also aboard the airplane were three other Michigan residents: Gerald T. Kaminski, 71; Margaret C. Laing, 30; Nathan P. Gargano, 26; and Neil F. Dill, 56. Hometowns of the passengers were not immediately available.

The NTSB is leading the investigation into the accident.

The accident closed Wittman Regional Airport for approximately 2-1/2 hours. The north/south Runway 18/36 reopened shortly after 10:30 a.m., while the east/west Runway 9/27 reopened approximately 45 minutes later.

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