WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) –Federal investigators are investigating why a small plane crashed in Waukesha on Tuesday, October 12, killing both people on board.
This happened around 9:30 a.m. near Highway 164 and Red Wing Drive.
The single-engine Glastar took off from Timmerman Airport Tuesday morning for Salina, Kansas. The family say the owner, Randy Reimer, 74, built it himself.
Barely 11 minutes after the start of the flight, the Milwaukee control tower informed Waukesha County that they had lost communication with the aircraft.
It was then that neighbors on Red Wing Drive heard a loud bang.
“We heard that kind of shrill, whirling noise first, and then a big bang, which to me sounded like a car crash, a truck hitting a tree or something,” said neighbor Bruce Rahlf.
“A thump superimposed with some sort of metal, it immediately reminded me if someone had some sort of panel truck and slammed the metal door in the back really loud,” neighbor David said. Eicher.
Eicher took us to his neighbor’s house. The plane passed dangerously close to colliding with it, cutting down a tree in their front yard.
“It’s a total surprise to me. Wow! And that explains some of the damage to the fuselage here. If this plane had entered one of those houses it would have been even worse, and luckily it did not happen. Said Eicher.
The deputies saturated the area and located the plane in a wooded area. The two occupants on the plane were pronounced dead at the scene.
The family say Randy Reimer and his wife Susie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June.
They were in town for a wedding and were going home. Neighbors remember the two here, who are extremely grateful for everything the pilot did to avoid hitting these homes.
No other citizen was injured in the area.
“Another 20 feet he would have hit the house. I don’t know what the pilot was trying to do, if he tried to land it on the ground stay away from the houses,” Rahlf said.
The family say flying was Randy Reimer’s passion. They don’t know what could have gone wrong.
The National Transportation Safety Board will have representatives in the area on Wednesday, sifting through the wreckage and looking for clues as to what happened.
– Brendan Cullerton (@BCullerton) 12 October 2021