Iowa candidate for US Senate dies in plane crash

AP News
Posted: Oct 14, 2014 2:19 PM

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque doctor who was running as a Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate has died in a plane crash.

The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says Dr. Douglas Butzier (boot-ZEE'-ay) was the pilot of the plane that crashed around 11 p.m. Monday near Dubuque Regional Airport. He was the sole occupant of the aircraft.

Butzier worked at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. Jennifer Faley, a hospital spokeswoman, confirms Butzier was running for U.S. Senate against Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst.

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Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the plane took off from Ankeny Regional Airport about an hour before the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.