LUCAS CO. – The name of the pilot who crashed in rural Lucas County Wednesday night has been named.
Wolf Construction, a West Des Moines based commercial construction firm and roofing contractor, announced in a press release today that its owner and founder, Scott Wolfswinkel, died in the crash. He was the only one in the private Piper aircraft.
The National Transportation Safety Bureau spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory says Wolfswinkel lost contact with Des Moines International Airport at 12:52 p.m. on Wednesday. Wolfswinkel was supposed to check in before landing at the airport and never did.
Lucas County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the crash scene a few hours later in the middle of Stephens State Forest in the northeastern part of the county.
The NTSB & FAA have deployed people to the scene and are continuing to investigate. They have not released what caused the crash.
The release from Wolf Construction also reported that Wolfswinkel was returning from Kansas City for a business trip when the crash happened. In a statement, Brandon Hoch, friend and coworker said:
“Our hearts are heavy today as we announce the death of our leader, founder and most importantly our friend, Scott Wolfswinkel. Scott was a visionary and an incredibly hardworker that loved his family and employees, as well.”
Wolfswinkel started the construction business when he was a student in college. He leaves behind multiple children and family throughout Iowa.
Stay with Local 5 News as we learn what may have caused the crash.