Michigan pilot killed in Wisconsin plane crash

By Priya Mann - Reporter

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. - Authorities have identified the pilot killed after a small plane crashed into a farm near Sheboygan Falls.

The Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office says 50-year-old Martin J. Tibbitts of Grosse Pointe, Michigan was killed in the crash Friday.

Authorities said the plane crashed shortly after taking off from Sheboygan County Memorial Airport. It crashed into a barn and calving building, starting a fire and killing dozens of cattle. There were 40 to 50 animals in the building at the time. 

According to authorities, his plane hit a barn at the Fly Bye Acres Dairy Farm. 

Authorities said he was flying a vintage military plane heading to an annual clinic where pilots practice formation flying skills. 

Two workers, a man and a woman, were injured when the plane crashed and burst into flames They were airlifted to a nearby hospital, according to authorities. 

"They were workers, they're actually feeding cattle and calves in the building where the plane came through, and were hit by the airplane as it came through the building," said Chief of Sheboygan Falls Fire, Bob Kroeplien.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. Authorities said to expect a preliminary report next week.

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