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Plane crash-lands on I-94 in Town of Yorkville

CREATED Oct. 22, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 23, 2012

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TOWN OF YORKVILLE - Investigators were trying to find the reasons for a small plane crash-landing on southbound I-94 near Highway 11.

The pilot wasn't hurt, but his passenger was injured.  The injuries aren't life-threatening.

"I just had to come down and satisfy my curiosity as to what really happened," said Kowalski, one of many people who took a look at the damage on Tuesday.

The crash destroyed the plane's propellers and set the nose of the plane to the side.

The plane crashed near the Sylvania Airport.

Authorities say the plane had some sort of mechanical problem while the pilot was trying to land.  That caused the pilot to overshoot the runway, cross a frontage road, and end up on the highway.

There were marks in grass near Sylvania Airport's runway.

The company says the pilot and owner of the plane, Keith George, has experience in jumping and flying.

Miraculously, there were no cars in the way, but the plane did leak some fuel.  Authorities say there were 250 gallons onboard, but there's no word on how much of that spilled.  The spill has been contained, but the Department of Natural Resources is expected to come out to the crash scene and investigate.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says that I-94 southbound was closed at WIS 20 due to the plane landing around 6:41 p.m.

All lanes of I-94 reopened around 11:19 p.m.