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NTSB releases preliminary report in fatal Viroqua crash

VIROQUA, Wis. (WXOW) – The National Transportation Safety Board releases its preliminary report into an aircraft crash that killed a Genoa man.

The NTSB issued the two page report that gives details into what happened on August 19 when a Sportcopter Vortex piloted by Jack Wuolle of Genoa crashed shortly after taking off from the Viroqua Municipal Airport.

The report said that a family member told investigators that the purpose of the flight was “to practice taxi operations and become familiar with the handling characteristics of the aircraft. The reason the gyrocopter took off is unknown.”

In the report, witnesses said that the engine on the aircraft lost power. The described the engine noise as “just stopping.” The aircraft went down in a corn field about three-tenths of a mile from the end of the airport runway. They then saw smoke coming from the field.

Arriving first responders found the aircraft fully engulfed in the field.

The NTSB will issue a final report once their investigation is complete.


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