Authorities ID 6 killed in Wis. plane crash, including 5 from Ill

Cheryl Sanders
July 4, 2017

A father and son from suburban Bensenville were among six people killed in a small plane crash in Wisconsin.

All the fatalities were adults.


However, two of the victims were apparently school employees of a Bensenville, IL elementary school, according to a post on the Tioga Elementary School Facebook Page.

The Cessna 421 crashed early Saturday after the county sheriff's office received a call from the Air Marine Operations Center saying the plane quickly lost altitude and radio contact.


NTSB investigators say there was a discussion between the pilot of the plane and air traffic controllers about "local weather phenomenon" in Catawba, Wis., which is near the crash site just southwest of the city of Phillips. "We sent deputies to the area here and they located the debris field which you can see on State Highway 111". Several police and fire departments were involved in the search, as well as members the community.

The office on Monday identified the victims as 70-year-old Kevin James King, 56-year-old Thomas DeMauro, 21-year-old Kyle DeMauro, 63-year-old James Francis, 69-year-old Charles Tomlitz, and 45-year-old George Tomlitz.


It's believed that the plane was heading from Chicago to Canada. The NTSB expects to release a full report on the crash, along with an analysis and finding of probable cause, in the next year.

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