Two people evaluated after plane made emergency landing at Sylvania Airport

RACINE COUNTY -- Officials with the Union Grove/Yorkville Fire Department tell FOX6 News two people were evaluated after a plane landed at the Sylvania Airport in Sturtevant on Monday evening, February 1st.

Those two people were on board the plane. They were not taken to the hospital.

Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling tells FOX6 News the two people on board the plane came in too low when trying to land and struck a semi box truck on I-94 at State Highway 20.

The impact caused the plane's landing gear to be torn from the aircraft.

The landing was aborted, and the plane then circled the airport.  The airplane then landed in a grass area and came to rest near the end of the run way on the grass within the Sylvania Airport property.

No one was hurt.

The driver of the semi never stopped after the incident. Officials were not able to locate the semi.

Shortly thereafter, a piece of the tire from the plane was struck by a passing motorist.

The motorist wasn't hurt -- but the vehicle had to be towed due to mechanical problems associated with striking the debris.

"We are all very fortunate that no one was injured during this accident.  As you can imagine, this could have been tragedy," Sheriff Schmaling said.

Sheriff's officials say a 65-year-old Racine man who is an experienced pilot was traveling in the plane with his wife.

The pilot stated he left Batten Airport around 4:30 p.m. Monday to sight see.

The FAA has been contacted and this incident is under investigation.  The Sylvania Airport remains open for business.


Monitor FOX6 News and for updates on this developing story.