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UPDATE: Father, son seriously injured in plane crash near Stoughton


MADISON (WKOW) -- UW Health administrators say that 51-year old Richard Cross from Brewster, Minn. is in "fair" condition as of 5 p.m. Monday following a small plane crash earlier in the day.

Officials said they were not allowed to release details on the condition of his 14-year old son, Brennan, who was also involved in the single-engine plane crash. 

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics is not at liberty to release information regarding pediatric patients for cases of this nature, according to a representative.

See the story below for details on the crash.


TOWN OF DUNKIRK (WKOW) -- Officials say both passengers of the single-engine plane that crashed in the Town of Dunkirk were seriously injured.

Authorities say the plane crashed just before 9:30 a.m. off  Highway 51 near Stoughton.

The 1950's plane was taking off from Matson Airfield, when it crashed into a wooded field just east of the highway.  The 51-year-old pilot, Richard Cross was transported by ambulance to UW Hospital.  His 14-year-old son, Brennan Cross, was taken to the same location by Med Flight.

A witness to the crash said he saw the father administering aid to his son shortly after the crash.

Dane Co. Sheriff's Office spokesperson Elise Schaffer said the son was "pinned in the airplane and had to be extricated" after the crash.

Richard Benjamin, who owns the property where the plane crashed, said he heard what sounded like a motorcycle backfiring followed by a "heavy crunch" just before 9:30 a.m.

He says that unlike most planes that take off from the Matson Airport, which sits just across Hwy. 51 from his property, this one couldn't be heard until it crashed.

"Normally, I would hear any airplane that was under power taking off here," he said.  "This was just silent...no noise at all."

The father and son had attended the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh and had flown to Stoughton Sunday to visit relatives.  They were headed back to their home in Brewster, Minnesota when the plane crashed.

Benjamin says the father and son were lucky to have landed where they did.

"It landed in the only place where they probably could have survived.  It's a little clearing on top of the hill here on my property," he said.  "They missed all the woods and the trees, which definitely gave them a good chance of survival."

The FAA is investigating the cause of the crash.


TOWN OF DUNKIRK (WKOW) -- A single-engine plane has crashed in the Town of Dunkirk near Stoughton, according to Dane County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Elise Schaffer.

Authorities say the plane crashed shortly after taking off from a small airfield in the Stoughton area.

A father and a son from Minnesota were on board. They had been at the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh and were in the Stoughton area visiting family.

The father was taken by ambulance to UW Hospital and the son was taken by MedFlight.

The cause of the crash is unknown. The FAA will investigate.

Stay with www.wkow.com for the latest on this developing story.

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