Plane Carrying 53 Rescue Dogs And Three Passengers Crashes In US: Report


New Delhi: A plane carrying 53 rescue dogs and three passengers crashed onto a snowy golf course in Wisconsin on Tuesday morning.  

According to The Hill, the Wausheka Sheriff’s Department and the Human Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) said that the plane, which had three passengers and 53 rescue dogs onboard, crashed near the third hole on the Western Lakes Golf Course. 

Club general manager Jason Hoelz told the USA Today Network that a few staff members were performing maintenance on the course a few hundred feet away when they heard and saw the plane coming down. 

“I was in a building up here and didn’t hear anything, but there was a couple employees working on the course that heard this plane coming down and witnessed it hitting the fifth green, crashing between two trees, (going) through a marsh and another 100 feet through the second hole fairway and onto the third hole, where it uprooted another tree and came to a rest,” Hoelz was quoted as saying by USA Today. “In total, it skidded around a few hundred yards,” he added. 

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Lake Country Fire and rescue Assistant Chief Matthew Haerter informed that the plane suffered significant damage and about 300 gallons of fuel were spilled in the crash. 

The Sheriff’s office said that all the passengers and dogs have suffered minor injuries and have been taken to hospital for treatment. 

The plane was reportedly carrying 53 rescue dogs and three adults and was flying from New Orleans to Louisiana. The dogs were being transported for adoption purposes. 

Some of the 53 dogs sustained minor injuries like “bumps and scrapes that will be monitored over the next couple of days but are expected to be good to go and ready for adoption as scheduled”, HAWS director of organizational development Maggie Tate-Techtmann, quoted USA Today. 

HAWS has developed a dedicated web page to help pay for the animal’s medical expenses and wishlist of supplies needed to help care for and transport the dogs. 

The reason of the crash is not clear yet as the incident is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration.