Three people rescued after seaplane crashes near EAA AirVenture

Multiple departments respond after seaplane crashes into Lake Winnebago (WLUK/Michael Moon)

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Wis. (WLUK) - Three people suffered injuries after a seaplane crashed near EAA AirVenture.

Two people are in critical condition and a third received minor injuries.

The crash happened Thursday evening near the seaplane base in Black Wolf. That's just outside Oshkosh.


Emergency vehicles blocked off the road into EAA's seaplane base Thursday. Authorities told FOX 11 News one of the planes flipped over into Lake Winnebago.


"I do know the plane was attempting to take off. Lake Winnebago is rough at this point in time," explained Winnebago County Sheriff's Lt. David Roth.

Video and photos we have show some of the first responders, but do not appear to show the seaplane that went down. That happened farther off shore.

Roth said it's unclear what exactly caused the crash. He told us, however, three people were inside when it went down.

"Two of the occupants were trapped in the plane. One of the occupants was able to get out when the door opened when it crashed. The other two had to be taken out of the plane," Roth explained.

Roth told FOX 11 News a first responder was also hurt.

"He received a cut on the hand and he was burned by the fuel in the water," said the lieutenant.

According to Roth, the people on the plane are all from Minnesota. They were attempting to head back that way when the crash happened.

We're told the FAA and the NTSB are investigating this crash.

Authorities said the plane will likely be removed from the water some time Friday .

Local first responders and the Coast Guard helped with rescue efforts. Divers did get in the water to make sure no one else was in the plane.

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