Burlington, WI – An Illinois man and his teenage daughter were killed Sunday afternoon when their single-engine plane crashed in southeastern Wisconsin.
According to WHBL, the crash happened near the Burlington, Wisconsin airport just before 1:30 pm. The two passengers aboard the aircraft — identified as Todd A. Parfitt, 50, and his daughter, Nicole M. Parfitt, 14 — were killed when the 1972 single-engine Grumman AA-1B plane nose dived into a cornfield while trying to land.
WHBL said both occupants were ejected and suffered fatal injuries upon impact.
Following news of the crash, friends of the Parfitt’s setup a Facebook page to remember Todd and Nicole’s lives.
“They may not have made it to the runway that they intended, but they did land safely in heaven,” someone posted on the page Sunday night.
Bailey Walker, who called herself a best friend of Nicole, wrote the following touching post:
“Nicole, I love you so much. I will never forget all of our inside jokes and all of the times you made me laugh. How much I loved hanging out with you and just talking to you when I was upset made me feel so much better. You just knew how to cheer people up and you were always such an amazing person.”
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the Burlington airport Monday.
The plane wreckage will be taken into a hanger so investigators can inspect it, an official said.
“The preliminary information is that it crashed while attempting to land,” said Lynn Lunsford of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Lunsford added that the airport in Burlington has no control tower and the pilot was not in contact with air-traffic controllers when then plane went down. It’s also still unclear where the plane had taken off from.
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