Investigation Continues Into EAA Plane Crash

7/27/11 – Two people killed when a small plane crashed into Lake Winnebago were identified as 47-year-old Steven Staples of Illinois and 36-year-old Michelle Palermo of Kimberly. Staples was the pilot. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities said they were in a 1940 yellow Piper Cub craft that had just left the E-A-A Air-Venture show in Oshkosh, when it crashed a quarter-to-a-half-mile off Lake Winnebago’s western shore about 10 miles from both Oshkosh and Fond du Lac. It happened just before noon yesterday. Boaters said they saw Palermo’s face in a window of the submerged aircraft – but there was nothing they could do to help her before rescuers arrived. Fond du Lac County sheriff’s deputies are investigating, along with the F-A-A and the National Transportation Safety Board.