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Madeline Island plane crash kills two family members from La Crosse

MADELINE ISLAND, WI (WTAQ) - Two men killed in a plane crash on Madeline Island are related, and they’re from the La Crosse area.

That’s what Ashland County Sheriff Mick Brennan said Monday.

Their names are expected to be released after autopsies on both victims are performed.

A La Crosse company was listed as the owner of the Piper single-engine aircraft.

Authorities said the plane aborted an initial landing attempt before it tried again – and the plane crashed and burned Saturday evening in a wooded area up to 200 yards from a runway at the Madeline Island airport.

The island is located between Ashland and the smaller Apostle Islands’ chain.