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Cottage Grove man walks away from plane crash

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

A Cottage Grove 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 Cady Township, 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.

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