Plane crashes, Western Lakes Golf Club; 3 people, 53 dogs safe

The Waukesha County The sheriff’s department said a twin-engine plane crashed at Western Lakes Golf Club in Pewaukee Tuesday morning November 15.

Officials told FOX6 News that the call for the crash landing came just after 9 a.m. Three adults on the plane suffered non-life-threatening injuries – and were taken to hospital for treatment. The plane also had 53 dogs on board who were examined for injuries.

The debris field began on the golf course’s fifth hole. The wings were sheared off and the aircraft fuselage came to rest at the third hole. Officials said the emergency landing resulted in a large jet fuel spill – about 300 gallons soaked into the ground and a nearby swamp. The Wisconsin DNR responded to help.

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“I mean disbelief to begin with, but obviously the first question is, is everyone okay? And luckily the answer is yes,” said Jason Heltz, general manager of Western Lakes Golf Club.

A maintenance worker at the golf course said they were in a maintenance shop when it sounded like a “thud” and “everything shook”.

A twin-engine plane landed safely on a golf course at Western Lakes Golf Club, Pewaukee

This flight was a planned transport, bringing at-risk adoptable dogs from shelters across the southern United States to the Waukesha Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) and several partner shelters. Pickup trucks waiting at the Waukesha County Airport were told to drive to the golf course and the dogs were quickly whisked away.

“Just bumps and scrapes for the dogs – which is amazing,” said Maggie Tate-Techtmann of HAWS. “They’ve been through a lot. They had a much busier Tuesday than they expected.”

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Airplane crash landing on Pewaukee Golf Course

Authorities expressed their thanks to staff at the Western Lakes Golf Club for quickly guiding emergency officials to the site of the plane. Golf club staff also played a key role in getting the dogs to safety – using golf carts to take them to vehicles waiting nearby.

“We would just like to thank again not only Western Lakes, but obviously the pilot and his co-pilot did an amazing job to get this plane off the ground the way they did,” said Matthew Haerter of Lake Country Fire & Rescue.

The pilot, co-pilot and human passenger of the aircraft were not seriously injured.

All animals were triaged at HAWS by staff veterinarians. They remain under observation at the moment to ensure there are no further medical issues, but are expected to be placed for adoption as planned in the coming days.

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In addition to staff from the Golf Course, MNR and HAWS, the Sheriff’s Department was assisted by staff from the Western Lakes Fire Department and Crites Field.

The incident is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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