Investigators release report on Door County plane crash

Olivia Dahl is pictured on the day she was flown down by another Friends of Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport volunteer to meet her instructor for the first time.
Olivia Dahl is pictured on the day she was flown down by another Friends of Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport volunteer to meet her instructor for the first time.

DOOR COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on a Sept. 18 plane crash that killed a teenager and a pilot in Door County.

The preliminary report states that the plane hit 50 foot high trees as it attempted to land at Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport.

According to friends of the pilot, he ferried the student pilot from 3D2 to GRB so she could take a flight lesson. On their return flight from GRB, the pilot cancelled IFR at 2024 during the descent into 3D2. About 3,500 ft prior to the Runway 14 threshold, the airplane impacted 50 ft high trees. The airplane came to rest about 210 ft beyond the initial tree strike and a post-crash fire ensued.” – NTSB report

The Cessna crashed at Peninsula State Park, killing 16-year-old Olivia Dahl and pilot Ralph Keller.

Dahl was an aspiring pilot who attended Gibraltar High School. Keller had volunteered to transport Olivia to and from her flight lesson in Green Bay.

A memorial service for Dahl will be held Sunday, Oct. 23, at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, 11836 Hwy 32, Ellison Bay.

PRELIMINARY REPORT: http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20160919X13211&key=1