Small plane that refueled in Huntsville crashes in Illinois; 3 dead

Small plane that refueled in Huntsville crashes in Illinois; 3 dead

SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WAFF) - A small plane that refueled in Huntsville Tuesday afternoon crashed in Sangamon County, Illinois.

The twin-engine Piper Aerostar touched down briefly in Huntsville to refuel around noon. It later tried to land at a Springfield airport when it crashed around 3 p.m.

The plane went down about seven miles southwest of Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, according to NBC affiliate WAND.

The airport’s tower says the pilot said they were having trouble with plane instruments and weather.

Three people and one dog were killed. They’ve identified two of the victims as Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards and her husband, Frank Edwars, a former Springfield mayor.

Huntsville International Airport spokeswoman Jana Kuner said people in north Alabama do not need to worry about their loved ones. The plane did not originate in Huntsville. It stopped there for fuel at 12:20 p.m. and resumed flight at 1:02 p.m.

“Thoughts and prayers with the family despite their location, however,” said Kuner.

The Federal Aviation Administration released the following statement:

"A twin-engine Piper Aerostar went down in a field while on approach to the Springfield, IL, airport this afternoon. The plane departed from Huntsville, AL.

Please contact local officials for information about the condition of the occupants.

The FAA and NTSB will investigate. We will release a tail number after investigators verify it at the crash site."

File image of a twin-engine Piper Aerostar
File image of a twin-engine Piper Aerostar (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

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