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Two People Killed in Wisconsin Aviation Accident

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Two people were killed in a Wisconsin aviation accident Monday.

According to officials with the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s
Department, investigators have identified two people killed in an airplane
crash in Lake Winnebago on Monday. Sheriff Mylan Fink, Jr. said the two people
killed in the crash were pilot Steven Staples of Makanda, Illinois and
passenger Michelle Palermo, of Kimberly, Wisconsin. Kimberly is located just
east of Appleton.

Deputies say the plane went down about 700 yards from shore
near Van Dyne, which is located between Oshkosh and Fond du Lac on the west shore
of Lake Winnebago. Staples and Palermo were pronounced dead at the scene of the

Muskego-resident Arnie Rose heard the plane, called the “Piper
Cub,” in distress and was among the first boats on the scene. “I heard some backfiring,”
Rose said, “and about five minutes later I heard on the marine radio there was
a plane down in Winnebago.”

The wreckage of the plane was pulled to shore a short time
after the crash and put on a barge that was nearby on the lake. Federal
authorities are searching for the cause of the accident.

Out thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and friends during this difficult time.