Authorities: 6 killed in plane crash in northern Wisconsin

PHILLIPS, Wis. (AP) - Authorities say six people aboard a Cessna airplane were killed when it crashed in northern Wisconsin.

The Price County Sheriff's Office says the airplane crashed at 3:21 a.m. Saturday near the city of Phillips. National Transportation Safety Board Eric Weiss said Monday the debris from the plane crash suggests there was an "in-flight break up."

The Price County Sheriff's Office on Monday identified the victims as 70-year-old Kevin James King, 56-year-old Thomas DeMauro, 21-year-old Kyle DeMauro, 63-year-old James Francis, 69-year-old Charles Tomlitz, and 45-year-old George Tomlitz.

The DeMauros and King are from Bensenville, Illinois. Francis is from Norco, California. Charles Tomlitz is from Addison, Illinois and George Tomlitz is from Brookfield, Illinois.

Authorities did not say how they knew each other or their relation. The Cessna 421 left from Waukegan, Illinois, and was flying to Winnipeg in the Canadian province of Manitoba for a fishing trip.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, citing a Facebook post on the site of Tioga Elementary School in Bensenville, Illinois, said two of the dead are physical education teacher Thomas DeMauro and a maintenance director for the district, Charles Tomlitz.

"Mr. DeMauro and Mr. Tomlitz will be missed by all the Tioga Community," the school's co-principals wrote in the post.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators say there was a discussion between the pilot of the plane and air traffic controllers about "local weather phenomenon." Soon after, the aircraft dropped off radar.

© 2017 Associated Press


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