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Two injured in Vernon County plane crash



Vernon County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated an airplane crash on private property on Thursday.

Emergency responders found the plane in a soybean field near Highway 14 and County Road Y, north of Viroqua.

Alton W. Akers, age 70, of Worley, Idaho, and his son, Co-Pilot, Cabe T. Akers, age 41, of Chicago, Illinois, were en route to the EAA Oshkosh Air Show.

The Akers were piloting a1940, fixed-wing, single-engine, two-seat, Culver Cadet airplane.

The aircraft began to experience engine problems, and they were trying to make it to the Viroqua Municipal Airport for an emergency landing.

Both pilots reported the emergency locator device was activated when they knew they were not going to make it to the airport, but the engine quit on descend.

At that point, the landing gear was deployed, and an emergency landing was attempted in a nearby soybean field.

Both pilots remain hospitalized in stable condition with serious injuries.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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