Report: Small plane crashes north of Green Bay, pilot found dead

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OCONTO COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) – A pilot is dead after multiple law enforcement agencies searched for a missing plane Wednesday night.

According to a release, the Oconto County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to an aircraft that appeared to be losing altitude near Kelly Lake in Oconto County around 6:15 p.m.

Deputies say the United States Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration told the Oconto Co. Sheriff’s Office they were in the process of tracking a fixed-wing single-engine beech plane. They explained the aircraft was dark on the bottom and light on top.

The Emergency Dispatch Center reports they were told there was only one person in the plane, a pilot, who was unresponsive.

The report states the two jets escorting the plane told law enforcement it flew too low and they lost visual contact. Furthermore, the Federal Aviation Administration used a helicopter to try and locate the lost aircraft.

Officials report they eventually found the plane between County Road G and County K in the Town of Maple Valley by pinging the pilot’s cellphone, as well as calls from helpful citizens.

When law enforcement got to the aircraft, they say the pilot was found dead. No other injuries or passengers were reported.

The incident remains under investigation by the Oconto County Sheriff’s Office, the FAA, the Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Brown County Medical Examiner’s Office.