LOGAN COUNTY, Ill. — Three people are dead after a small airplane crashed onto the middle of Interstate 55 Tuesday morning and caught fire, Illinois State Police said.
The crash happened at 8:49 a.m. at mile marker 126 in Lincoln, Illinois. The plane became fully engulfed in flames.
All three people on board died, ISP said. They have been identified as Mitchell Janssen, 22, of Princeville, Ill. Janssen was the pilot. The passengers were identfied as Matthew Hanson, 33, of Pulaski, Wis. and Kevin Chapman, 30, of Urbana, Ill.
Multiple agencies have responded to the scene. The Federal Aviation Administration has also been notified.
Interstate 55 southbound was closed for several hours. The lanes were re-opened around 2:30 p.m., police said.
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