Among the tall, healthy stalks of corn is the debris of a plane that crash landed.
“We’re several hundred yards into the field,” said Deputy Chief of the Winnebago Coounty Sheriff’s Office Dominick Barcelona.
It happened just after 8 a.m., the small private plane took off from Beloit Airport. “There were three people on the plane, one was a juvenile,” said Barcelona. “One was air lifted to a local hospital, and the other two were transported by ambulance to a local hospital.” The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transport Safety Board were called to investigate. Authorities speculate the plane couldn’t have been in the air for very long.
“It sounds like they may have had problems from takeoff,” said Barcelona. “We’re not far from the strip” The airport is full of similar sized planes and surrounded by corn fields, making it difficult for rescue crews to find the scene. Police say the pilot made the emergency call after the crash. “He was on the phone with our 9-1-1 center after the crash,” said Barcelona. [He was] trying to describe where he was at for the emergency responders to find him.”
The lack of direct communication while planes are airborne added it’s own issues to the search for the scene. “There’s no tower at the Beloit Airport,” said Barcelona. “So, there’s no contact. Obviously they were in touch with somebody’s tower.”
The Beloit Airport was contacted for a comment, but declined. Everyone who was ob the plane is expected to be ok.
A plane crashed into corn fields after taking off from Beloit Airport this morning.
Investigators say it happened shortly after 8.a.m. on Sunday. Police are suspecting the plane crashed shortly after take off. Responding emergency crews had difficulties finding the small private plane, due to the fact that Beloit Airport doesn’t have a radio tower to communicate with planes airborne.
When crews arrived to the scene of the crash, three people were found conscious. Two were taken to local hospitals via ambulance, while one was airlifted. No word yet on the seriousness of their injuries.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.