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One victim in Madeline Island plane crash was La Crosse doctor

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ASHLAND COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - One of the two men killed in a weekend plane crash on Madeline Island was a doctor at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.

63-year-old Rick Renwick was an OB/GYN specialist at the clinics in La Crosse and Viroqua. His brother, 58-year-old Bruce Renwick of Waunakee, was also killed.

Ashland County Sheriff Mick Brennan said the doctor was piloting the single-engine Piper Comanche that went down on a second approach near the Madeline Island Airport on Saturday evening.

Brennan said the craft apparently stalled out, and dove into a wooded area at a 40 to 60 degree angle before it burst into flames. The bodies were pulled from the craft the following day.

Madeline Island is just east of the Apostle Islands chain.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

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