OSHKOSH - Coast Guard officials say two men were killed in a plane crash in Lake Michigan on Saturday.
The 1975 Piper Cherokee crashed off the shore of Cudahy, a suburb just south of Milwaukee.
This plane crash comes just before the start of the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.
That type of Piper Cherokee plane is common for the fly-in.
And while the cause of the crash is under investigation, organizers say weather could be affecting safe arrival conditions at EAA.
Pilots camping out at EAA AirVenture say while cool temperatures are more comfortable than the usual heat wave, other weather conditions have been throwing wrenches in their flight plans.
"We're part of the Cherokees, the Oshkosh mass arrival," said Doane Bailey of Sharpsville, Penn. "For Friday at 1 o'clock, we got weathered out. We had the storms and rain and whatever. They bumped us to Saturday morning at 11. Had some cloud cover but we had enough ceiling."
AirVenture spokesperson Dick Knapinski says he expects safer flying conditions once the wind and clouds move out.
"If there's a storm front in Michigan, it'll keep people from the east from visiting. If there is a storm front in Minnesota, people may be following that through. Pilots being very beholden to the weather, Friday and Saturday, arrivals were down," said Dick Knapinski.
"Today would be the day that everyone would be arriving. We had four mass arrivals come in yesterday, which is where large groups come in together. A lot of people stay away to avoid that because it's a little bit of a mess to avoid that," Garrett Nievin, the head of flight line operations, said Sunday.
Unless it's a pre-scheduled mass arrival, EAA officials don't really know who will be coming. They find out when the planes arrive.
Those arrivals are monitored by Civil Air Patrol volunteers at flight line operations.
"They record the registration number and type of every aircraft that comes and that way when an airplane is overdue or missing, and we have to go into search and rescue mode, the first place we'll go is to them to see if they've arrived," said Nievin.
Knapinski says though pilots may be itching to get to AirVenture, they should never fly outside the limitations of their aircraft or their skills.
Particular makes and models of planes can also be affected differently by adverse weather conditions. For example, pilots who fly Piper Cherokees told FOX 11 News generally the smaller aircraft can be very difficult to handle if flying through tough weather situations.
So, traveling smarter could make for a smoother landing.
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