Student pilot in Wauwatosa plane crash dies

The student pilot involved in a small plane crash in Wauwatosa has died, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner. Eighteen-year-old Daniel Perelman was declared brain dead Saturday. His organs saved four lives at Froedtert Hospital early Monday. His parents told 12 News his heart, liver and both kidneys were donated. Perelman’s single-engine plane crashed into the backyard of a home on Thursday, May 26. The plane went down on 103rd Street and Courtland Avenue. Perelman took off from Timmerman Airport, made one pass, landed the plane, then went back up, according to the Medical Examiner’s report. He then radioed in that he was having engine failure and that he didn’t know what to do. Sgt. James Wood from the Wauwatosa Police Department said there were signs of an engine power failure. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are still investigating the official cause of the crash. Perelman’s family and the Chabad Jewish Center of Waukesha County set up a memorial drive called Deeds for Daniel. They are asking the community to pledge to do as many good deeds as possible in his honor. To take the pledge click here.Northwestern University Vice President for Student Affairs Julie Payne-Kirchmeier and Dean Mona Dugo sent a letter to students in part reading, “though he was only at Northwestern for a year, Daniel was an important member of our community , both inside and outside the classroom. He was studying in the Integrated Science Program, and he made an early impression on his science faculty and TAs alike.”Perelman’s organic chemistry professor Karl Scheidt said, “it was a privilege to be his teacher, if only for just 10 weeks”12 News spoke with Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin’s Vice President of organ and tissue donation, Colleen McCarthy.McCarthy could not comment on Perelman’s specific case, but explained organ donation is one of the most precious gifts one can give “There is incredible healing power to organ donation. It is the one positive thing that came out of such a tragedy,” she said. “Organ donation is incredibly rare. It is an incredibly rare opportunity. There are over 107,000 people on the national transplant waiting list. But every 9 minutes another person is added to that waiting list.”McCarthy said every day 17 people die waiting. She said anyone who wants to sign up to become an organ donor, or to learn more can visit DonateLife Wisconsin.

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

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

His parents told 12 News his heart, liver and both kidneys were donated.

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

The plane went down on 103rd Street and Courtland Avenue.

Perelman took off from Timmerman Airport, made one pass, landed the plane, then went back up, according to the Medical Examiner’s report.

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

Sgt. James Wood from the Wauwatosa Police Department said there were signs of an engine power failure.

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

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

They are asking the community to pledge to do as many good deeds as possible in his honor. To take the pledge click here.

Northwestern University Vice President for Student Affairs Julie Payne-Kirchmeier and Dean Mona Dugo sent a letter to students in part reading, “though he was only at Northwestern for a year, Daniel was an important member of our community, both inside and outside the classroom He was studying in the Integrated Science Program, and he made an early impression on his science faculty and TAs alike.”

Perelman’s organic chemistry professor Karl Scheidt said, “it was a privilege to be his teacher, if only for just 10 weeks”

12 News spoke with Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin’s Vice President of organ and tissue donation, Colleen McCarthy.

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

“There is incredible healing power to organ donation. It is the one positive thing that came out of such a tragedy,” she said. “Organ donation is incredibly rare. It is an incredibly rare opportunity. There are over 107,000 people on the national transplant waiting list. But every 9 minutes another person is added to that waiting list.”

McCarthy said every day 17 people die waiting. She said anyone who wants to sign up to become an organ donor, or to learn more can visit DonateLife Wisconsin.

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