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Small plane makes forced landing in Town of Cady

A plane piloted by a Cottage Grove, Minn., man came to rest Sunday in this Town of Cady field. (Submitted photo by Mike Demulling)

A Cottage Grove, Minn., man survived a single-engine airplane crash on Sunday in western Wisconsin.

Douglas Vetter, the 20-year-old pilot of a plane flying from Appleton, Wis., to a Minnesota destination, safely guided his plane to a crash landing in Town of Cady, Wis.

Scott Knutson, chief deputy for the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, said local authorities were alerted  to a plane losing power at 3:17 p.m. as it approached Boyceville, Wis. He said a witness reported seeing the plane’s engine sputtering before going out as it made a gliding descent below a treeline.

Vetter landed the plane, a 1975 Piper Warrior 2, in a field near 290th Street and County Road N in Cady Township.

He was not injured in the crash, which left the plane with what Knutson described as “moderate” damage.

“It is extremely fortunate it turned out that way,” Knutson said, adding that it was not immediately clear where Vetter’s destination was.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. According to an FAA aircraft registry, the plane is owned by St. Paul resident Paul Hove.

Firefighters and EMS personnel from Spring Valley responded, along with units from United Fire Hammond, Baldwin and Woodville stations.

Steve Dzubay

Steve Dzubay has been publisher at the River Falls Journal and Hudson Star Observer from 1995-2016. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He previously worked as a reporter-photographer at small daily newspapers in Minnesota and is past editor of the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal.