Thursday, February 8, 2018

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N1409U, Airgo Inc: Accident occurred February 08, 2018 at Centralia Municipal Airport (KENL), Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis

Aircraft crashed on departure.

Airgo Inc:

Date: 08-FEB-18
Time: 17:45:00Z
Regis#: N1409U
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

CENTRALIA  -  A plane has crashed at the Centralia Municipal Airport.

Centralia Police Chief Brian Atchison says the only person in the plane was the pilot. The man's name has not been released.

Centralia Fire Officials say he was taken to SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital and later airlifted to a St. Louis Hospital. He appeared to have sustained head and leg injuries and possible internal injuries.

Atchison reports the Centralia Municipal Airport was closed pending completion of the investigation. Atchison says it's too early to speculate on what may have happened.

Centralia Police and Fire Officials along with State Police handled the accident scene. The National Transportation and Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration have been contacted, but Atchison says it was not immediately clear what type of investigation would be conducted.

Airgo officials at the airport are not releasing any information on the crash.

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