Plane crash in Wauwatosa, believed to have originated from Timmerman Airport

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A small plane crashed Thursday afternoon in a residential area of ​​Wauwatosa, police said.

The plane crashed near North 103rd Street and West Courtland Avenue, according to a tweet from the Wauwatosa Police Department. Police have asked residents to avoid the area as the scene is secure.

Wauwatosa Police Chief James MacGillis told media at a briefing that around 3 p.m. a call came in about a plane crash in the 4600 block of North 103rd Street.

“When officers arrived on the scene, they located a single-engine propeller plane that had crashed in the backyard of this 100 block,” MacGillis said. “We have also located one occupant on the aircraft, a pilot, who we believe to be an 18-year-old male.

The pilot was taken to hospital and is listed in critical condition, according to MacGillis.

MacGillis said “there are indications” the pilot made a distress call before the crash, but authorities are still investigating. The pilot is believed to have taken off from Timmerman Airport on the northwest side of Milwaukee.

The plane crashed in the garden of Rashad Hicks.

“I was actually in my room cutting the grass,” he said. “So when I was coming down the stairs I heard a big boom, I thought it was like a car or something hit the house.”

A Milwaukee police officer at the scene of a small plane crash near 103rd and Courtland Avenue in Wauwatosa on Thursday, May 26, 2022. The plane crashed into the backyard of a house.

Hicks said imagining a plane ever crashing into his backyard was “over the top”.

“I didn’t believe it at all,” he said. “…(I) ran outside and it’s a plane in the garden. And then it was a guy inside the plane. So all I did was try to train to keep breathing, keep breathing, keep breathing.

Hicks says he mows his lawn once a week and can’t help but think he might have been there when the plane crashed.

“I just know by the grace of God that I wasn’t there,” he said. “…I’m sad this happened to him and his family. I just hope he’s okay.

The Milwaukee and Wauwatosa Police and Fire Departments responded, along with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.

MacGillis said the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified and are on their way to the scene.

The investigation is ongoing and is being led by Wauwatosa Police, assisted by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office and the Milwaukee Police Department.

MacGillis was unable to confirm the pilot’s licensing status or the aircraft’s design specifics.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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