Saturday, June 21, 2014

Accident occurred June 20, 2014 in St. Joseph, Champaign County, Illinois

No serious injuries in plane mishap

ST. JOSEPH - A pilot and his passenger walked away from a forced landing Friday night.

Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Vercler said about 7:45 p.m., pilot Michael Schumacher experienced a loss of power in the experimental aircraft he was flying.

Schumacher set up to put the plane down in an open bean field near the intersection of county roads 1375 N and 2125 E, south and slightly west of St. Joseph. As he was coming in, the sun in his eyes prevented him from seeing electrical lines. He hit the lines, causing the plane to crash in the field.

Vercler said neither Schumacher, 73, of rural Sidney, nor his passenger were seriously injured. Both were out of the plane by the time deputies arrived. 


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