MEC&F Expert Engineers : Pilot/owner David Plambeck, 51, from Edgerton and Max Burlingame, 16, from Fort Atkinson killed after an experimental Pegasus Quantum trike, impacted the waters of the Rock River east of the Fort Atkinson Municipal Airport in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pilot/owner David Plambeck, 51, from Edgerton and Max Burlingame, 16, from Fort Atkinson killed after an experimental Pegasus Quantum trike, impacted the waters of the Rock River east of the Fort Atkinson Municipal Airport in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

The Pegasus Quantum trike prior to the crash

UPDATE: 2 killed in ultralight plane crash identified 

Updated: Wed 4:15 PM, Aug 09, 2017

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) - Sheriff's officials say two people have died in the crash of an ultralight plane into a river in southern Wisconsin.

Jefferson County Sheriff Paul Milbrath said in a statement Wednesday the pilot, 51-year-old David Plambeck of Edgerton and his passenger 16-year-old Max Burlingame of Fort Atkinson died when the aircraft went down in the Rock River near Jefferson Tuesday night.

The ultralight had taken off from Fort Atkinson Airport just before it crashed about 8 p.m. The sheriff says the plane was nearly submerged when first responders arrived. Recreational boaters on the river helped emergency responders pull the two from the plane. They were pronounced dead by the Jefferson County medical examiner.

Federal aviation officials will investigate.

The Pegasus Quantum is a British two-seat, ultralight trike that was designed and produced by Pegasus Aviation and later by P&M Aviation. 
The Quantum was intended as an up-scale touring trike for long distance flying.======================

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Wis. -- Authorities have identified the two people who died after an aircraft crashed into the Rock River in Jefferson County Tuesday night.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says 51-year-old David Plambeck from Edgerton and 16-year-old Max Burlingame from Fort Atkinson were pronounced dead Wednesday morning by the Jefferson County Medical Examiner's Office.

Chief Deputy Jeffrey Parker, of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, said no information was available yet regarding the relationship between the two passengers.

The aircraft, a Pegasus Quantum Light Sport Aircraft, crashed into the river at 8:05 p.m. It is registered to Plambeck. 

  Parker said the aircraft took off from the Fort Atkinson Airport.

Because the aircraft landed in the river for unknown reasons, the FAA has been called to investigate the cause of the crash.

A spokeswoman with the FAA says the NTSB is likely taking the lead on the investigation, and it could take anywhere from 12 to 16 months to complete.

Jefferson County's Dive Team, which removed the boat from the water, could be seen making its way out to the crash site about 9:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Neighbors in the area said the plane crash left them stunned.

"That was really crazy to see," said Sheryl Spooner. "It was almost unbelievable."

Parker said people on a pontoon boat in the area at the time of the crash drove over and pulled the victims from the water. However, life-saving measures at the scene were unsuccessful.
Parker added that first responders reported other people in the area swimming out to the wreck to try and help the two people on board the aircraft.

"In a sense, it's heroic, when you people that come to the aid of others," Parker said. "It's a great sense of pride to have people in your community who will help others when they're in need."

Emergency officials say the aircraft was almost completely submerged in the water when they arrived to the scene with the two victims reportedly to be unconscious.

According to the EAA, the aircraft is designed for personal flying and typically doesn't fly faster than 75 mph. The aircraft is classified as "experimental" with the FAA, meaning it's likely the current owner or a previous owner built the aircraft after getting a kit from the manufacturer.

Burlingame was a student in the Fort Atkinson School District. The superintendent there says grief counselors will be available at the high school from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Max J. Burlingame, 16, of Fort Atkinson, died in an airplane crash on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017.

Max was born on April 5, 2001, in Fort Atkinson, son of Lloyd and Diane Burlingame.

Max did everything and always helped anyone who was in need, he never had to be asked twice, and he always responded with “I will.” He lived on the edge, loved life and lived it to the fullest.

Max was going to be a junior this year at Fort Atkinson High School and enjoyed playing baseball, lifting and soccer. However his biggest passion was flying. He soloed at 15 and had been in love with aviation since day one.

Max is survived by his parents, Lloyd and Diane of Fort Atkinson; brothers, Luke and Jack Burlingame; aunts and uncles, Carol (Larry) Combs, Guy (Karen) Burlingame, Ron (Micki) Burlingame, Betty (Jeff) Herdendorf, Nancy (Rob) Sweyer and Charles Hughes, and many cousins.

Date: 08-AUG-2017
Time: 20:12LT
Type: Pegasus Quantum
Owner/operator: Private
Registration: N56092
C/n / msn: 173671
Fatalities: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Fort Atkinson Municipal Airport (61C), Fort Atkinson, WI - United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature: Private
Departure airport: Fort Atkinson Muni (61C)
Destination airport:

Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft, an experimental Pegasus Quantum, impacted the waters of the Rock River east of the Fort Atkinson Municipal Airport (61C) in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.
The weight-shift-control (WSC) trike sustained substantial damage and the two occupants onboard were fatally injured.


Serial Number 173671 Status Valid
Manufacturer Name PEGASUS Certificate Issue Date 12/09/2009
Model QUANTUM Expiration Date 01/31/2019
Type Aircraft Weight-shift-control Type Engine 4 Cycle
Pending Number Change None Dealer No
Date Change Authorized None Mode S Code (base 8 / oct) 51625230
MFR Year 2007 Mode S Code (base 16 / hex) A72A98
Type Registration Individual Fractional Owner NO

Registered Owner

County ROCK Zip Code 53534-9314


Engine Manufacturer ROTAX Classification Experimental
Engine Model 912 Category Reg. Prior to 01/31/08
A/W Date 12/15/2007  
A typical Pegasus Quantum trike