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US aircraft manufacturer’s CEO, mechanic killed in crash

June 3, 2015

OSHKOSH, Wisconsin (AP) — An aircraft manufacturer says the company’s chief executive and a mechanic were killed in a crash in one of its planes in eastern Wisconsin.

Sonex Aircraft says CEO Jeremy Monnett and assembly mechanic Mike Clark died Tuesday when their single-engine plane crashed near Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, northwest of Milwaukee.

Jeremy Monnett is the son of Sonex founder, John Monnett, who told staff Wednesday that the company will continue to operate “despite the holes left by Jeremy and Mike’s absence.”

The two-seat plane crashed at Oshkosh Corp.’s north plant at the east end of a runway at Wittman. No one on the ground was hurt.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.

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