SOUTHERN ILLINOIS — It’s been a rough weekend for aviators in Southern Illinois. Federal officials will investigate a Friday plane crash at the Williamson County Airport that killed a 56-year-old Carbondal man and left a 64-year-old West Frankfort man seriously injured.
The NTSB says their investigation shows the two-seater single-engine plane crashed on take-off while conducting “tough and go” exercises, killing John Alleman and injuring Todd Greiner, who was taken to the hospital with major injuries.
Then on Saturday afternoon, the Brooklyn Fire Department responded to a report of an aircraft down at Illinois 3 and Interstate 70.
A small plane did go down, but according to the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency there were no injuries. Two people were confirmed aboard the small plane.
At the request of the FAA, Illinois State Police closed Illinois 3 near the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Another small plane made an emergency landing Saturday on Route 146 in Jonesboro.
According to authorities, the plane was headed to Carbondale, Illinois and had participated in the Big Muddy Air Race in Murphysboro, Illinois when it lost power.
The plane was forced to to land between two cars.