On the Western Lakes Golf Club course in Waukesha County, a plane carrying 53 dogs and 3 persons went down.


On November 15, a twin-engine jet crashed onto the Western Lakes Golf Club course.

On Tuesday morning, a plane carrying three humans and more than fifty dogs crashed onto the Western Lakes Golf Club course in the town of Delafield.

Around 9:04 a.m., according to Assistant Chief Matthew Haerter, Lake Country Fire & Rescue received a call about a downed aircraft. Five minutes after the first unit was dispatched, there was a twin-engine plane on the third hole, and there was a lot of snow in the area. Location of the course is W287 N1963 Oakton Road.

The Journal Sentinel was informed by Club General Manager Jason Hoelz that a few staff members were working maintenance on the course a few hundred feet away when they heard and saw the plane come in.

Hoelz stated, "I was in a building up here and didn't hear anything, but there were 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 before onto the third hole, where it uprooted another tree before coming to a rest. "It skidded a couple hundred yards in total."

The plane's wings apparently separated where it first hit the ground, on the fifth hole, causing any gasoline within to flow onto the golf course and a portion of a marshland water feature. Up to 300 gallons of jet fuel can be stored in the aircraft. The amount that leaked and its effects on the marsh are currently unknown.

Hoelz added, "I'm just grateful we were able to help any way we could and glad we were on the scene immediately and were able to provide some assistance.

53 canines were apparently being delivered to the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha by the plane as it traveled from New Orleans to Waukesha. Injuries to three individuals who were also on board the aircraft were evaluated and treated on the scene before they were transported with non-life-threatening injuries to a nearby trauma hospital.

Hoelz claimed that his crew started working right away after the crash. In addition to removing the three people from the aircraft, they also put the dogs in their crates. The crew managed to gather the dogs, and they were all moved to the maintenance building until HAWS came, despite some crates being destroyed.

On November 15, a twin-engine plane skidded 300 yards onto the Western Lakes Golf Club course before it crashed.

Injuries such as "bumps and scratches that will be monitored over the next couple of days but are expected to be good to go and ready for adoption as scheduled" were sustained by a few of the 53 canines, according to HAWS Director of Organizational Development Maggie Tate-Techtmann.

HAWS arrived swiftly to pick up the dogs and treat them on the spot before treating them at HAWS because they were getting ready to accept the dogs at the Waukesha County Airport.

Twenty dogs are still housed at HAWS, and the remainder were transferred to other shelters as expected.

Tate-Techtmann informed the Journal Sentinel that "all are doing exceptionally well." We sincerely appreciate the Western Lakes Golf Club staff, who were a pleasure to work with, as well as the emergency response teams in Waukesha, our team, and how they responded. Everyone made such a good pivot. I constantly advise them to expect the unexpected, and today the crew did an outstanding job of meeting the demands of these pets. Some have already started their search for their forever homes and are having fun outside in the snow.

Due to the fact that the fuel spill has affected a wetland area, the Department of Natural Resources and Waukesha County Hazmat are presently evaluating its scope. The magnitude of the spill was not yet known as of Tuesday morning, although it is currently considered that there is no danger to the neighborhood. According to Hoelz, the DNR is evaluating whether reclamation activities for the marsh are necessary.

Furthermore, Haerter commended the actions of the golf course workers who reported the incident and helped the passengers on the plane and first responders upon arriving.

The reason the plane crashed is unknown. The event is being looked into by the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration.

The club is still making an assessment of the damage. The second fairway, the fifth green, and other areas of the course are thought to have suffered damage. The club will probably reopen this season, according to Hoelz, assuming the weather improves.

Over 200 golfers played here on Thursday, according to Hoelz. "It would have hit golf holes where people were playing a week ago. It might not have been good.

A fundraising has also been launched by HAWS for "at-risk adoptable canines from the Southern shelters." All contributions, according to Tate-Techtmann, will be used to care for the shelter's pets and treat their wounds.

Veterinarians on staff at HAWS performed triage on all the animals. While some went to our affiliate shelters, others stayed at HAWS. According to the crowdfunding post, "all are anticipated to be offered for adoption as scheduled in the upcoming days.

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