EAA AirVenture, Lake Winnebago crashes Saturday; 4 dead, 2 injured

Two aircraft crashes in the Oshkosh area – one on the EAA AirVenture grounds, the other in Lake Winnebago – left four people dead and two others hurt Saturday.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a midair crash between two aircraft that happened around noon.

According to WLUK-TV, EAA AirVenture reported two people were killed and two others were hurt on the grounds in that crash. The two hurt are in stable condition.

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The NTSB said one of the aircraft involved was a helicopter – the other a gyrocopter.

The Oshkosh Fire Department reported, per WLUK-TV, that both aircraft crashed to the ground, with the gyrocopter coming down on a parked plane.


Midair aircraft crash at EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh (Courtesy: Cindy Brazeau via WLUK-TV)

The crash grounded all aircraft for roughly two hours, according to the report.

Around 9 a.m., officials said a plane went down into Lake Winnebago several miles from shore – killing the two people on board, identified as a 20-year-old man and 30-year-old woman.

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Authorities said it appears that plane had been at EAA AirVenture, and the occupants were not from the area. 

Currently, Oshkosh is hosting EAA AirVenture – an annual event that draws thousands of planes and fans to the east central Wisconsin area. This year's air show started July 24 and wraps up Sunday, July 30.