By Adam Rogan

RACINE — The pilot of a single-engine plane survived after crashing into a building near Batten International Airport, 3239 N. Green Bay Road, at about 8 p.m. Monday, the Racine Fire Department reported.

Few details have been released, but Racine Fire Battalion Chief Alex Felde told The Journal Times that:

  • Only one person was in the plane; he suffered a “minor injury” and was taken to the hospital but is expected to be OK.
  • A small fuel leak was “secured” by first responders.
  • The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating, and representatives from both agencies are expected to be at the scene of the crash Tuesday morning.

Photos posted on social media show that the plane crashed into an industrial/warehouse building at 1901 William St., which is less than 2,000 feet southeast of one of Batten’s runways. That building previously housed Ad-Tech Medical Instrument, a manufacturer that has since moved its operations to Oak Creek. The photos show the plane upside down and in pieces near the building’s entrance.

Felde said he doesn’t think the Racine Fire Department has responded to a plane crash in at least 15 years.