Coroner identifies 4 victims in Monroe plane crash, sheriff says

Family was on way to celebrate graduation

The Green County coroner has released the names of the four people who died in a plane crash Sunday, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

The pilot was identified as Colleen S. Deininger, 81, of Kenosha. Her daughter — Melissa R. Deininger-Dickman, 53 — and two grandchildren were on the plane. The grandchildren were Emmarose M. Dickman, 17, and Alex M. Dickman, 13.

The four were the only people on the plane.

The Green County Coroner has released the names of the people who died in the plane crash yesterday in Green County. They were headed to Monroe to celebrate a graduation. #news3

— Rose Schmidt (@RoseSchmidtTV) June 11, 2018

The flight of the private, single-engine plane originated in Kenosha Airport, with a destination of Monroe. Family members said they were planning to celebrate a graduation that afternoon, according to the release.

A witness called 911 after seeing and hearing the plane descend and catch fire just after noon Sunday.

“I couldn’t believe it was a plane crash,” said Valerie Pick, who lives nearby. “We looked and we could see flames, so we must have just missed it, but there was flames and a lot of black smoke.”

Pick’s five horses got spooked by the commotion.

“They were running around. It was pretty terrifying,” she said.

The last plane crash in Monroe happened in 1988 and claimed the lives of two people.

“Not the first, but hopefully the last,” said Mayor Louis Armstrong. “I think Monroe will respond to any tragedy we’ve had in recent times with the great support that we need to help those families.”