U.S. Senate candidate Doug Butzier, left, of Dubuque, Iowa
An Iowa candidate for U.S. Senate was killed when his small plane crashed Monday night near Dubuque Regional Airport in Iowa.
Dr. Doug Butzier was running for the Senate as the Libertarian candidate against Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley.
Butzier’s family confirmed to local media that Butzier, 59, was the pilot, and no one else was aboard the plane when it went down.
The family released the following statement about the crash:
“Dr. Butzier’s aircraft (is) here on Military Road. He was alone in the plane. Doug was an emergency room physician at Mercy Hospital. He was also running for U.S. Senate in the Libertarian party.
“Doug touched many lives and will be truly missed by all who knew him. The family requests privacy at this time.”
Scene of the plane crash that killed U.S. Senate candidate Doug Butzier
Butzier had said on his campaign website, drdougforiowa.com, he was running for Senate to try to rein in the national debt and to fight Obamacare.
He was a strong advocate for gun rights, stating: “The Second Amendment is not there to protect the interest of hunters, sports shooters and casual plinkers. The Second Amendment is there as a balance of power. It is there to guarantee the people the power to throw off the shackles of an oppressive government.”
Butzier never held any political office previously.
“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.
Lynn Lunsford, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the Piper PA-46 crashed around 11 p.m. Monday on approach to the airport, about a mile north of the runway.
Written by JOE KOVACS
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