[cifnmedia] Plane Crash in Belleville Illinois

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  • Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 01:53:39 -0800 (PST)

Four People Survive Lear Jet Emergency Landing
Jet Bursts Into Flame On Landing

POSTED: 7:24 a.m. CST November 12, 2003
UPDATED: 10:05 a.m. CST November 12, 2003

Story by nbc5.com 

BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- A commercial plane crashed Tuesday morning in a wooded area 
just south of Belleville, but all four people on board survived, officials 

One person reportedly suffered head trauma and was transported from the scene 
by a medical helicopter. A helicopter reporter over the scene said the person 
with head injuries appeared to be wearing a pilot's uniform. 

The helicopter reporter also commented that the pilot had managed to find a 
clear space to land the jet, in an area dotted with houses and barns, then 
managed to bring the jet down in one piece. 

IMAGES: Lear Jet Crash 

The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department received a report of the crash around 
6:45 a.m., said Deputy Janet Bertelsman. 

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro said the plane took off 
from St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia. The flight was en route to North 
Platte, Nebraska. 

An air-traffic controller says the pilot experienced problems shortly after 
takeoff and crashed about four miles southeast of the airport. He had no 
information on what might have caused the crash. 

Volunteer firefighters, ambulances and rescue helicopters from St. Louis and 
Belleville rushed to the scene, which Bertelsman said was "hard to get to 
because of the woods and the landscape." Firefighters quickly covered the jet 
with foam. 

A long skid mark could be seen across the field where the jet had landed and 
burst into flames before skidding to a stop. 

One person from the crash was in fair condition at Saint Louis University 
Hospital. The conditions of the three others were not available. 

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Sean A. Aaron (CIFN*1)
Central Illinois Fire Network

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