EAA identifies pilot killed in crash

A crashed plane is towed away from Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, July 31, 2014.
A crashed plane is towed away from Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, July 31, 2014. (WLUK photo)

OSHKOSH (AP) – The Experimental Aircraft Association says a pilot who died in a crash near the organization’s annual fly-in convention in Wisconsin was from Kentucky.

The EAA says 74-year-old Jim Oeffinger, of Versailles, Kentucky died when the custom-built Breezy airplane crashed and caught fire at Wittman Regional Airport adjacent to the EAA grounds Thursday morning.

EAA spokesman Dick Knapinksi says the passenger in the plane who was injured is 21-year-old Jennifer Woloszyk, of Elmhurst, Illinois. Woloszyk is hospitalized in serious condition. Knapinski says Oeffinger was an EAA member.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. The AirVenture convention in Oshkosh draws about a half million people to the weeklong event.

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