Plane Collides With Pickup Truck While Coming in to Land, Kills Pilot and Puts Driver in a Critical Condition

A small plane collided with a pick-up truck while coming in to land on Thursday, killing the pilot and leaving the car driver in a critical condition, according to reports.

Officials from Brown County Sheriff's Office say that the crash occurred at around 4:50 p.m. as the plane was heading towards a private airfield in Wisconsin, located just off County Road MM, WBAY reported.

As the fixed-wing, single-engine plane approached the airstrip it was flying very low and struck the pickup truck, which was traveling west on County Road MM, also known as Dutchman Road.

Neither of the men involved has been identified yet because authorities wish to notify the families first, but the pilot, from Ledgeview, Wisconsin, died at the scene while the driver, from Greenleaf, suffered life-threatening injuries.

It is not currently clear why the plane was flying so low but a Brown County crash reconstruction team is now investigating.

Brown County officials have also alerted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as is customary following such incidents, NBC 26 reported. The two organizations will now be cooperating with county officials.

Footage captured at the crash site shows the crumpled plane lodged on top of the pickup truck, which had veered off the road and come to a stop in a field near a house at 2850 County MM.

Debris from the crash, which took emergency teams several hours to clear up, was spread out across the road and field.

Officials closed sections of County Road MM and are asking people to stay away from the scene while investigations take place.

Tony Molinaro, a spokesperson for the FAA, told Newsweek that the plane involved in the incident was a single-engine Aeronica 7AC with only one person on board.

Meanwhile, the NTSB's Keith Holloway said an investigator would arrive at the scene sometime this morning.

Here you can see a mangled plane and debris in the field. @WBAY

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"The investigator will document the scene, examine the aircraft, request any air traffic communications, radar data, weather reports and try to contact any witnesses," Holloway told Newsweek. "Also, the investigator will request maintenance records of the aircraft, and medical records and flight history of the pilot."

"At this point, the investigation is in its early stage. I suspect that preliminary report may be available in about 10 business days. A typical NTSB investigation can take 12-24 months to complete and determine cause," he added.

The incident in Brown County comes just a week after a commuter plane carrying 42 people crashed just off an airport runway in Alaska while attempting to land, leaving two people seriously injured.

The crash occurred on October 10 at around 5:40 p.m. at an airport in Unalaska, located in the Aleutian Islands.

Earlier in the month, a vintage World War II plane crashed and burst into flames at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

The Boeing-17 "Flying Fortress" bomber crashed at the end of Runway 6 while attempting to land at around 10 a.m. on October 2, leaving seven people dead.

The B-17 was one of five vintage World War II planes conducting flights at the airport to honor veterans as part of a Wings of Freedom tour.

This article was updated to include comments from Tony Molinaro and Keith Holloway.

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