Plane Crash

By: Jason Lanning
By: Jason Lanning

An Illinois man is dead, after the plane he was flying crashes just south of the Greater Rockford Airport Wednesday night.

Forty-two-year-old Donald Emmons of Montgomery Illinois was flying a private plane, carrying packages for UPS.

The FAA and NTSB did not allow media to view the crash site.

It covers about a 300 yard area two miles south of the Greater Rockford Airport.

It took more than an hour for Winnebago County Sheriff's deputies to locate the crash site, a half mile off Kishwaukee Road.

The plane, a single engine Cessna caravan, like this one, was on approach to the Greater Rockford Airport, when it suddenly dropped off radar.

The pilot, 42-year-old Donald Emmons, gave no indication to the control tower of mechanical problems.

FAA and NTSB investigators say the crash evidence shows no sign of an in flight break up.

Weather conditions, high wind and rain, are being investigated as possible causes.

It could take investigators several months to determine exactly why the plane crashed.

Pilots we talked to say the single engine Cessna caravan flies like a tank, meaning high winds rarely contribute to crashes.


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