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Two Kentucky men killed in Wisconsin plane crash

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A plane crash in Wisconsin has taken the lives of two men believed to be from Louisville.

Police have not officially released the names of the victims, but friends and family do confirm a Louisville businessman was on board when the home made plane went down.

Authorities tracked a cell phone signal and found the wreckage in a grassy field in Kenosha County, Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon.

The homemade plane was headed for an experimental aircraft convention in Oshkosh, but was 20 hours overdue. The FAA and the National Safety Board are investigating, but no word yet as to the cause.

“It was a pretty vertical descent, and none of the trees are damaged here. There's no area where it looks like the landing gear of the plane went through the brush. It appears the plane came pretty much down and landed and stopped at the location where it was,” said a spokesman for the sheriff’s department.

The plane is registered to William Lanman of Louisville. Friends and family say the passenger was Jim Arnold. He owned a small heating and air company.

Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral expenses.

“He's just one of those guys, once you meet him, you kind of fall in love with him,” said Paul Taylor, who was a friend of Arnold.

 He posted a Facebook picture of Arnold working on Taylor's boat. He says that's the kind of guy Arnold was.

“Anytime he saw something, he didn't point it out to nobody, he didn't expect somebody else to do it, he just kind of jumped in there and helped out the best he could with what his skills were,” said Taylor.

Taylor says he and Arnold shared a passion for music, boating, and flying.

“I do have some piloting skills as well, and I'm also a member of the Aero Club, as well. He liked to fly as a hobby,” he said.

Late Monday afternoon, Arnold’s family and friends released the following statement:

Overall story details:

Jim Arnold, along with the small aircraft pilot, left Bowman Field Saturday morning, July 25th, around 8:30 a.m. en route to the Experimental Aircraft Association convention held at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI.  The two stopped at Porter County Regional Airport in Valparaiso, IN, around 11:05 a.m.  Jim contacted his wife with an update on their progress and promised to call within two and half hours, upon arriving at their final destination in Oshkosh.  After three hours, with no word from her husband, Jennifer, Jim’s wife, began calling him and became concerned when she was unable to reach him.  She immediately contacted Oldham County’s local law enforcement to begin the efforts to locate the aircraft.  The aircraft was located Sunday afternoon at approximately 12:30 p.m. in a field outside of Bristol, WI, located in southeast Wisconsin. 

Family statement:

The Arnold Family statement:

Jim was a dynamic, fun-loving, and charismatic man who was loved by his family and friends.  He had been married to his wife, Jennifer, for almost twenty-five years.  Together, the two have two daughters. 

Extended family and friends will remember Jim for the love he had for his wife Jennifer and their children.  He had a passion for aviation and was an avid gun enthusiast.  He was always willing to help his friends, and expected nothing in return.  He was the owner of Arnold Heating and Air. 

The family would like to especially thank the Oldham County Police Department, specifically Officer Robert Lane, Officer Adrian Doleman, and Sergeant Johnson for their tireless work to assist with the search;  the friends, family, and personnel at the Aero Club at Bowman Field;  and the Oshkosh air show personnel who assisted in the all night search for the aircraft.

You can go to the Arnold Family’s GoFundMe page here.

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