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Three dead after Forest County plane crash, NTSB investigators on site

Katie Thoresen
Emergency crews use the Hiles Fire Station B as a staging area on Tuesday afternoon.

Three people died in a plane crash in northern Forest County Tuesday morning.

There was one pilot and two passengers aboard the twin-engine Rockwell 690B, according to the FAA online records of the crash.

The plane was destroyed when it crashed near Butternut Lake, about 12 miles east of the Eagle River Airport.

An investigative team with National Transportation Safety Board has been on scene collecting information Wednesday.

They’re looking at the plane itself and the area it crashed.

They’ll be collecting information on the weather at the time of the crash, the flight and medical records of pilot, and anything anyone nearby might have seen or heard at the time.

The plane could be moved to another location if NTSB needs to further investigate.

Katie Thoresen
Emergency responders gather at a trailhead in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest after a Tuesday-morning plane crash.

This is all standard procedures for NTSB when a plane crashes.

It can take up to two years for them to complete their report and determine a cause of the crash.

The names of the people who died in the crash have not been released.

According to FlightAware, the plane was registered to a company called Surdex Corporation.

It’s based in the St. Louis area.

That company’s website shows it does aerial imagery and mapping work.

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has closed the area where a privately owned airplane crashed near Eagle River, west of Butternut Lake.

Access is restricted to individuals working the crash site.

People who live within the boundaries of the closure order may access their property otherwise will need to stay off national forest lands near where the plane went down.

The Northern boundary of the closure is Forest Road 2181 or Butternut Lake Road.

The southern boundary is Forest Road 2179 or Knapp Road.

The Eastern Boundary is Forest Road 2425 or Babcock Road.

The Western boundary is Forest Road 2178 or Military Road.

The Town of Hiles is also temporarily closing a portion of Butternut Lake Road.

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