A man and woman are dead after their small plane crashed in Lake Winnebago about 10 miles north of Fond du Lac.
Dive team members pulled two people from the yellow plane within about 45 minutes after the crash, but both were pronounced dead at the scene, said Fond du Lac County Sheriff Mick Fink.
The 1940 Piper Cub is registered to an Illinois owner.
The plane crashed about noon today about a quarter mile off the west shore near Wendt’s On the Lake, N9699 Lakeshore Drive.
According to reports on the police scanner, there were two people in the plane. Early on, a woman passenger who was unresponsive was being held above water near the plane.
At 12:38 p.m. a woman was pulled from the water by the dive team, according to scanner reports. A second person was pulled from the water about 12:47 p.m.
Robert Abraham, 90, of town of Friendship, saw the plane crash into the lake.
He said the plane was headed south when it hit the water and spun 180 degrees and ended up facing north.
The plane, Abraham said, started to sink right away. About five minutes later a fishing boat was able to make its way to the plane.
Abraham said he watched the plane through a scope, but could not see any movement after the crash.
Dive team members from the Fond du Lac and Winnebago county sheriff’s departments were called to the crash.
A decontamination area was set up about 1 p.m. for Winnebago County dive team members who encountered fuel during the rescue attempt.
A Navy helicopter was called off about 1 p.m.
First responders from Van Dyne and North Fond du Lac also are at the scene.