Student pilot dies in plane crash in Wauwatosa

The student pilot involved in a minor plane crash in Wauwatosa has died, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner. Eighteen-year-old Daniel Perelman was declared brain dead on Saturday. His organs saved four lives at Froedtert Hospital on Monday morning. His parents told 12 News that his heart, liver and both kidneys had been donated. Perelman’s single-engine plane crashed into the backyard of a house on Thursday, May 26. The plane crashed at 103rd Street and Courtland Avenue. Perelman took off from Timmerman Airport, made one flight, landed the plane and then took off again, according to the coroner’s report. He then radioed that he had engine failure and that he didn’t know what to do. Sergeant James Wood of Wauwatosa Police said there were signs of an engine failure. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are still investigating the official cause of the crash. Perelman’s family and the Chabad Jewish Center of Waukesha County have set up a memorial ride called Deeds for Daniel. They ask the community to pledge to do as many good deeds as possible in his honor. Click here to take the pledge.12 News spoke with Colleen McCarthy, vice president of Wisconsin’s Versiti Blood Center for Organ and Tissue Donation. “There is an incredible healing power to organ donation. It’s the only positive that came out of such a tragedy,” she said. “Organ donation is incredibly rare. It’s an incredibly rare opportunity. There are more than 107,000 people on the national waiting list for a transplant. But every 9 minutes, someone else is added to that waiting list.” McCarthy said 17 people die every day while they wait. She said anyone who would like to apply to become an organ donor, or learn more, can visit DonateLife Wisconsin.

The student pilot involved in a minor plane crash in Wauwatosa has died, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner.

Eighteen-year-old Daniel Perelman was declared brain dead on Saturday. His organs saved four lives at Froedtert Hospital on Monday morning.

His parents told 12 News that his heart, liver and both kidneys had been donated.

Perelman’s single-engine plane crashed into the backyard of a house on Thursday, May 26.

The plane crashed at 103rd Street and Courtland Avenue.

Perelman took off from Timmerman Airport, made one flight, landed the plane and then took off again, according to the coroner’s report.

He then radioed that he had engine failure and that he didn’t know what to do.

Sergeant James Wood of Wauwatosa Police said there were signs of an engine failure.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are still investigating the official cause of the crash.

Perelman’s family and the Chabad Jewish Center of Waukesha County have set up a memorial ride called Deeds for Daniel.

They ask the community to pledge to do as many good deeds as possible in his honor. Click here to take the vow.

12 News spoke with Colleen McCarthy, the vice president of organ and tissue donation at the Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin.

McCarthy could not comment on Perelman’s specific case, but explained that organ donation is one of the most precious gifts one can give.

“There’s an incredible healing power in organ donation. It’s the only positive thing that came out of such a tragedy,” she said. “Organ donation is incredibly rare. It’s an incredibly rare opportunity. There are more than 107,000 people on the national waiting list for a transplant. But every 9 minutes, someone else is added to that waiting list.”

McCarthy said 17 people die every day while they wait. She said anyone who would like to apply to become an organ donor, or learn more, can visit DonateLife Wisconsin.

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