MI Pilot Killed In Crash After Landed On WI Barn Occupied By Dozens Of Animals Sparking Blaze Identified

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SHEBOYGAN FALLS, WI. — Martin J. Tibbitts, of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, has been named as the pilot who crash landed on a farm near Sheboygan Falls Friday.

Authorities identified, Tibbitts, 50, as the victim killed after a small plane he was piloting crash landed and sparked a barn fire. Sadly, 40-50 animals occupied the barn at the time of the crash. An unknown number of animals were killed as a result of the crash. Two farmhand were also injured in the deadly incident.

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Authorities said the plane crashed shortly after taking off from Sheboygan County Memorial Airport. It crashed into a barn and calving building, starting a fire and killing an unknown number of animals. There were 40 to 50 animals in the building at the time. source

Tibbitts was pronounced dead at the scene.

The names of the farm employees injured in the crash have not been released.

The crash remains under investigation.

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