UPDATE: The plane is a Piper aircraft that is registered to DBG AVIATION INC out of Roscoe, Illinois.
Three people were injured. One male, One Female, and unknown on the 3rd victim. (Possible juvenile female)
At least one person was flown by helicopter to a local hospital.
They took 2 victims from the plane via an ATV, and one victim from the plane straight to an ambulance and then to the emergency helicopter.
Two of them were alive and conscious and had bandages around their heads. Two appeared to have head injuries. Unknown on the 3rd victim.
The cause of the accident is under investigation. Unconfirmed, but possible mechanical issue. Reports of the aircraft losing power, just prior to crashing.
The airplane had just taken off from the airport, just prior to the accident. It crashed in the middle of the cornfield, just a few hundred yards from the IL/WI border.
The pilot, was one of the first people to call emergency personnel.
Several photos at https://wwightphotography.zenfolio.com/p216708275
Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department Press Release:
On 08/12/18 at 0832 hour the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department, South Beloit Police Department, and local Fire Departments were dispatched to a cornfield in the area of Manchester Rd. East of Gardner Rd. for a plane crash. The airplane was found in a cornfield several hundred yards south of the runway of the Beloit Airport. This cornfield was just into Illinois by a few hundred yards.
Shortly after 8:00 A.M. this morning the private airplane (A Piper Lance airplane), took off from the Beloit Airport enroute to the Wisconsin Dells Area. Shortly after takeoff witnesses saw the airplane crash into the field South of the Runway. The crash site was located by first responders. First responders rendered aid to the passengers on board the airplane.
There were 3 people on the plane. A Male adult Pilot, a female adult passenger, and a juvenile female passenger. The adult pilot and the juvenile passenger were transported to a local hospital and were treated and released from the hospital. The adult female passenger is being treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies have secured the scene and the investigation will be conducted by The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) and the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration).
Specifications (1972 model PA-32-300)
Data from 1972 Piper Cherokee Six 300 “E” Owner’s Handbook
- Crew: One
- Capacity: five passengers (or six with optional seat)
- Length: 27.7 ft in (8.4 m)
- Wingspan: 32.8 ft in (10.0 m)
- Height: 7.9 ft in (2.4 m)
- Wing area: 174.5 ft2 (16.5 m2)
- Wing profile: NACA 65-415
- Empty weight: 1788 lb (811 kg)
- Gross weight: 3400 lb (1542 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming IO-540-K1A5, 300 hp (225 kW)
- Maximum speed: 174 mph (280 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 168 mph (272 km/h)
- Range: 840 miles (1361 km)
- Service ceiling: 16250 ft (4950 m)
- Rate of climb: 1050 ft/min (5.3 m/s)
UPDATE: The plane crashed into a cornfield, near Beloit Airport area.
Around 8:38 am this morning, several emergency personnel were responding to a plane crash.
Update location: It happened in the area of Manchester and Gardiner near S Beloit
A plane has crashed near this location.
Harlem Roscoe FD and several other emergency personnel are e route.
This is breaking news and still developing.
We will post updates as they become available.