2 people killed in Door County plane crash, victims identified

EPHRAIM — Officials say two people have died in the crash of a small plane in Door County.

Sheriff's Chief Deputy Patrick McCarty says a volunteer pilot was returning a teenage flying student to Door County from Green Bay when the Cessna 182 went down in Peninsula State Park Sunday night.

A caller notified authorities about 8:30 p.m. after seeing the plane circling and hearing a crash. At least a-half dozen agencies began searching by land and in the water near the park.

A bicyclist on a trail in the park called authorities after discovering the crash about 10 p.m.

McCarty identified the pilot as 69-year-old Ralph Keller of Sister Bay and La Grange Park, Illinois. The passenger was 16-year-old Olivia Dahl, of Sister Bay.

Federal investigators were expected at the scene Monday.