Iowa: Libertarian Senate candidate killed Monday in small-plane crash

Iowa: Libertarian Senate candidate killed Monday in small-plane crash

[Ed. – LU’s deepest condolences to the Butzier family.  RIP.]

The wife of Doug Butzier confirmed Tuesday morning to KCRG-TV that it was Butzier who was killed in a plane crash Monday.

The crash was reported Monday night near Dubuque Regional Airport.

“I was just sitting in there watching TV and all that I heard was an airplane going vrrrmmm — boom! Blew up, came up and seen big ole flames on the neighbor’s yard,” plane crash witness Jeremy Becker told KCRG-TV.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the Piper PA-46 crashed around 11 p.m. Monday on approach to the airport, about a mile north of the runway. …

Joni Ernst issued the following statement after the DEATH:

“I am deeply saddened to learn the tragic news about Dr. Doug Butzier. I appreciated Doug’s willingness to contribute to this important election. In addition to representing Libertarians in this campaign, Doug served his community as an ER doctor and medical leader. Gail and I will keep Doug’s family in our thoughts and prayers as they mourn their untimely loss.”

Bruce Braley released the following statement on Butzier’s death:

“I’m shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden and tragic death of Doug Butzier. I have enormous respect for anyone who puts their name forward as a candidate for public office. Carolyn and I send our thoughts and prayers to Dr. Butzier’s wife and family during this difficult time.”

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