Plane Crash

The occupants, pilot Dennis Westergaard, 62, and passenger Delmar Chamberlain, 87 are lucky to be alive as their aircraft crashed in a ditch on Monday morning. The location of the accident was at mile marker 100 just south of Hwy 32 about a mile west of Tekamah, Nebraska.

The Burt County Sheriff's office announced Monday morning that a small plane had crashed into a ditch south of Highway 32, at mile marker 100.

A passerby notified the Sheriff's office about the crash on Monday, May 28tharound 9:00 a.m. Sheriff Robert Pickell announced in a press release that two Burt County men, pilot Dennis Westergaard, 62, and passenger Delmar Chamberlain, 87, were transported to Blair Memorial Hospital by Tekamah Fire and Rescue.

Westergaard flies his plane over the Craig Memorial Day Program each year, and it is believed that he was on his way back from that service at the time of the crash.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, and Pickell states that the accident is currently under investigation by both the Burt County Sheriff's Office, and the FAA.

The Lyons Mirror-Sun and Oakland Independent will update when more information becomes available.

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