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Cottage Grove man walks away from Wisconsin plane crash

CADY, WI - A Cottage Grove, Minn., man survived a single- engine airplane crash on Sunday in far western Wisconsin. Douglas Vetter, the 20-year-old pilot of a plane flying from Appleton, Wis., to a Minnesota destination, safely guided his plane t...

CADY, WI - A Cottage Grove, Minn., man survived a single­ engine airplane crash on Sunday in far western Wisconsin.

Douglas Vetter, the 20­year-old pilot of a plane flying from Appleton, Wis., to a Minnesota destination, safely guided his plane to a crash landing in the town of Cady.

Scott Knutson, chief deputy for the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, said local authorities were alerted to a plane losing power at 3:17 p.m. as it approached Boyceville. He said a witness reported hearing the plane’s engine sputtering before going out as it made a gliding descent below a treeline.

Vetter landed the plane, a 1975 Piper Warrior 2, in a field in the town of Cady. He was not injured in the crash. The plane had moderate damage.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

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