Pilot killed in Reedsburg crash was from Dells
By Ken Leiviska, Capital Newspapers | Posted: Friday, August 5, 2011 11:00 pm
REEDSBURG – Authorities have identified the two men killed late Thursday morning in an airplane crash near Reedsburg Municipal Airport as the airplane’s builder and owner, Richard A. Reinboldt, 62, of Wisconsin Dells, and his father-in-law, Thomas Waterman Thompson, 81, of Tucson, Ariz.
The two died when Reinboldt’s home-built ultralight plane crashed into a metal barn behind Skinner Transfer and O’Reilly Auto Parts, less than a mile from the airport, shortly after taking off at 11:16 a.m.
The plane, which helped Reinboldt win an award when he built it about four years ago, was housed in a hangar at the Reedsburg airport.
Eyewitnesses Thursday said the plane was trying to gain altitude when it began to wobble.
Reedsburg police chief Timothy Becker stated in a news release that “the plane had just taken off from the Reedsburg Municipal Airport and appeared to develop engine problems, causing the plane to drop quickly. Based on a preliminary evaluation of the wreckage, mechanical failure represents a significant cause.”
The Federal Aviation Administration and the Reedsburg Police Department are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board also will conduct an investigation.
Reinboldt, a lifelong Wisconsin Dells resident, and his airplane were featured in a story in the Wisconsin Dells Events newspaper in October 2009.
Posted in Local on Friday, August 5, 2011 11:00 pm Updated: 9:04 pm.
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