Two people confirmed dead in Milwaukee plane crash,Wednesday evening. A small-engine plane crashed to the ground and burst into flames outside Lawrence J. Timmerman Airport.
Victims on board were both killed and have been identified as a father and a daughter from Massachusetts, COO Joseph Trustey, 53 and his daughter, 18-year-old daughter, Anna, according to Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Joseph Trustey worked as a private equity executive at Summit Partners in Boston. Summit Partners confirmed that Trustey and his daughter was on their way to the Midwest for a college tour when the crash happened.
“Joe was uniquely distinguished in so many ways: as a partner, a leader and a friend,” Summit chief investment officer Martin Mannion said.
“He was a wonderful husband and father who also cared deeply for those with whom he worked both inside and outside the firm. He touched everybody he met with his intellect, his sterling character and his engaging sense of humor. We cannot express how much we will miss his presence in our lives.” he added.
“Trustey was a certified pilot and kept at least one of his planes at the Beverly Airport,” Mike Eason, a mechanic at the airport said.
Ed Nelson, the taxi driver waiting on the Timmerman field parking lot to pickup the victims witnessed the entire crash.
“I happened to look up and I happened to see the plane coming down sideways. It hit the ground and then burst into flames,” said Nelson.
The crash happened at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday on airport property, no one on the ground was hurt, Brian Dranzik from the Milwaukee County Department of Transportation says.
The plane was a Socata TBM-700 aircraft, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. NTSB will continue to investigate the cause of the deadly plane crash. IMAGE AP