Three people and 53 dogs escaped unharmed in the Wisconsin plane crash

A plane carrying three people and 53 dogs landed at a Wisconsin golf course on Tuesday — with all the human and dog occupants miraculously escaping relatively unharmed.

First responders found the twin-engine plane near the third hole at Western Lakes Golf Club after it crashed near the fifth hole as heavy snow blanketed the area Tuesday morning, according to local reports.

Maintenance workers at the course, a few hundred yards from the crash site, immediately rushed to help, the club’s general manager told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“I was up here in a building and didn’t hear anything, but a couple of staff working on the course heard this plane coming down and saw it hit the fifth green, crashing between two trees and going through a swamp and more 100 feet through the fairway of the second hole and onto the third hole where it uprooted another tree and came to a halt,” General Manager Jason Hoelz told the newspaper.

“All in all, it slipped around a few hundred meters.”

A man is holding a dog.
The dogs suffered only “bumps and scratches” during the crash, which occurred during a period of heavy snowfall.
Society for Humane Animal Welfare

The plane was reportedly en route from New Orleans to Waukesha to drop off dozens of dogs at the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha (HAWS).

Golf course staff pulled out the three passengers, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and helped get the dogs off the plane in their crates, Hoelz said, according to the Journal Sentinel.

“I mean disbelief at first, but of course the first question is, is everyone okay?” Hoelz told Fox 6. “And luckily, the answer is yes.”

Some of the dogs sustained minor injuries, but nothing serious.

A man is holding a dog.
53 dogs traveled from New Orleans to the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha.

“Just bumps and scrapes for the dogs, which is unbelievable,” Maggie Tate-Techtmann, head of HAWS organizational development, told the TV network.

“You’ve been through a lot. They had a much busier Tuesday than expected.”

Vans waiting at the airport for the plane to arrive rushed to the golf course, where workers quickly began collecting and treating the dogs, which the Journal Sentinel said is expected to be put up for adoption with no problem.

The cause of the crash is unknown as the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

Hoelz noted that if the crash had happened a week earlier, when Wisconsin weather was nicer, golfers might have been on the course when the plane went down.

“More than 200 golfers were here last Thursday,” Hoelz told the newspaper. “A week ago it would have crashed into golf holes that people were playing on.

“It could have been bad.” Three people and 53 dogs escaped unharmed in the Wisconsin plane crash


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