All runways at EAA AirVenture grounds in Oshkosh are open after a plane made a hard landing and caught fire Wedesday morning.
Six people were transported to local hospitals after the Piper Malibu plane came in for a rough landing on Runway 27 at Wittman Regional Airport at 7:45 a.m.
ThedaCare says they are treating three male patients from the crash–one person is critical and the other two are in fair condition, according to a spokesperson with ThedaCare. One of the patients was airlifted from the scene.
Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh says they are treating three patients from the scene. All three people are listed in good condition, according to the hospital.
Two of Mercy’s patients were on board the plane. Another patient who was not on the plane was injured at the scene.
Four people were able to escape the plane, but a fifth person had to be rescued.
“Fortunately Oshkosh Fire Department has a permanent facility right here on the airport ground. They were there in probably about a minute and extracted that one individual,” said Dick Knapinski, Director of Communications for EAA AirVenture.
Thick, black smoke could be seen above the grounds Wednesday morning. It was captured on our Oshkosh SkyCam.