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Small plane crashes after avoiding deer

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Kevin Hoffman
October 2, 2010
— The pilot of a small airplane that crashed Friday at the airport at Grand Geneva Resort was attempting to avoid a deer during takeoff.

The plane’s two occupants—Talbert Newhart, 56, and Berrel Cook, 62, both of Cary, Ill.—weren’t hurt in the accident, according to a news release from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office.


The plane, a 2007 fixed-wing, single-engine Aeropro, sustained minor damage, scattering debris in nearby bushes.


Newhart, the pilot, told deputies he was preparing to take off but swerved to avoid a deer standing on the runway.


Sheriff’s deputies and town of Lyon fire and rescue units responded to the accident, which was called in by the resort’s security officers about 11 a.m.


Representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration were at the airport Friday afternoon investigating the accident.



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