Seaplane removed from Lake Winnebago

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A seaplane that crashed on Lake Winnebago was removed from the water Monday.

The plane was transported to a secured hangar. The NTSB will handle the investigation.

EAA communications director Dick Knapinski tells Action 2 News that final reports on aircraft accidents can take up to a year to complete.

Authorities say three people from Minnesota were on the Lake Renegade seaplane, leaving EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh to return to Minnesota. Winnebago County Sheriff's Office responded to the incident at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 27.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's office says 71-year-old Diane M. Linker of Sauk Rapids Minnesota died in the crash.

Witnesses tell Action 2 News the plane was taking off but barely left the water when it tipped over near seaplane base. Winnebago County Sheriff's Lt. David Roth said the water was choppy and the plane was possibly taken over by a bigger wave and ended up flipping over.

Two people were trapped on the plane. The third was able to get out when the door opened in the crash. Two suffered critical injuries; the third person's injuries are described as "not life-threatening."

The sheriff's office estimate the plane was going about 70 knots (80 miles per hour) when it crashed.

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