Airplane hits power line near Madison

No one was injured when a small airplane struck a power line northeast of Madison on Sunday morning.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reports that the incident happened just after 10:30 Sunday morning on 228th Street near 455th Avenue.  Sheriff Tim Walburg said an investigation into the incident determined that 43-year-old Jorge Herra of Costa Rica was taking flying lessons from Ronald Heiman of Summerfield, Kansas, practicing agricultural low level GPS flying, when the plane hit a power line.  Walburg said the airplane was later located at the Madison Airport.  The incident caused a power outage to around 80 Sioux Valley Energy customers for a while Sunday morning.  Walburg said the Madison Police Department assisted in the investigation, and the incident was also reported to the Federal Aviation Administration.