Ohio Plane Crashes In Wisconsin, Killing Pilot

ALMA, Wis. (AP) - A single-engine cargo plane out of Ohio crashed in a hilly area, killing the pilot, authorities said Friday.

The pilot, who is from Ohio but was not immediately identified, had reported icing problems on a flight to Detroit during a storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in places in northern Wisconsin.

The wreckage was found about 15 miles east of Alma, said Beatrice Gleiter, a dispatcher with the Buffalo County Sheriff's Department.

There were no passengers in the plane, she said.

"The plane crashed. One person is dead," Gleiter said.

The pilot was flying for Priority Air Charter of Ohio, authorities said.

The plane was a six-seat Cessna 208B, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinero said from Chicago. The pilot took off from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for a flight to Willow Run Airport in Detroit, he said.

The pilot reported icing before air controllers in the Twin Cities lost contact about 2 a.m. when the plane was 12 miles southeast of Winona, Minn. The pilot was apparently trying to land at Winona, Molinero said.

Alma is about 30 miles north of Winona.

The plane is owned Priority Air Charter, a subsidiary of Jilco Industries of Kidron, Ohio, Jilco spokesman Ken Stoltzfus said.

It snowed heavily in the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin Thursday night and early Friday. Skies had cleared in the Alma area by late Friday morning.

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