Tragedy struck at an AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Bodies were recovered later that evening from the lake where their planes went down- one was the daughter of a Super Bowl champion. Surprisingly, despite these tragic events, the airshow proceeded as scheduled for reasons that remain unknown. Sadly, just over three hours later, another devastating incident occurred when two planes collided, resulting in two more fatalities and injuring two others.
Daughter of two-time Super Bowl-winning offensive lineman Bruce Collie, Devyn Reiley, 30, and her co-pilot Zach Colliemoreno, 20, were flying a T-6 Texan, which crashed five minutes after take-off, according to the New York Post. The World War II plane fell from the sky, where it had reached 3,900 feet, and into Lake Winnebago around 9 a.m.
“I thought they were doing a trick at first,” witness Brayden Hiebing, who was fishing in the lake at the time, told NBC News. “I heard the plane start coming out of the sky, and it started like spinning and all of a sudden it just made a big splash.”
For an unknown reason, the air show was able to go forward despite the deaths of the two young pilots. A little over three hours after their deaths, at 12:24pm, two planes crashed into each other, killing two people and injuring two others, the NYP continued. Those killed were later identified as Mark Peterson, 69, and Thomas Volz, 72. The airshow was able to continue after the second set of deaths, which were reportedly not part of the show.
This is a developing story.