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A look back at Central Illinois aircraft crashes

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Following is a list of fatal airplane accidents in Central Illinois, or involving Central Illinois residents, since January 2002:

July 21, 2002: Joe Warner, 60, of Bloomington and Peter Ackerman, 22, of Morton die when their small plane crashes just after takeoff from Central Illinois Regional Airport.

Bloomington firefighters look over the site of a small twin-engine airplane that crashed in a field east of Central Illinois Regional Airport …

May 5, 2003: Neil T. Webster, 43, of Trenton, Mich., and Richard P. Lucente Jr., 52, of Poplar Grove, die when their crop duster crashes in a field just south of Illinois 116 on the west side of Pontiac.

Crop duster plane deaths

A plane owned by the Pontiac Flying Service, crashed Monday afternoon off of Deerfield Road, southwest of Pontiac, May 5, 2003. Neil T. Webster, 43, of Trenton, Mich., and Richard P. Lucente Jr., 52, of Poplar Grove, died when the plane crashed in a field just south of Illinois 116 on the west side of Pontiac.

March 21, 2004: Six McLean County residents die when their plane crashes into a Kentucky mountain. Killed are Curt and Linda Piercy of Normal; Amy and Don Maurer of Carlock; and Amy's brother, Brad Webb, and his girlfriend, Erica Edgington, both of Carlock.

Piercy-Webb-Maurer-Edgington plane crash

Members of the Harlan County Rescue Squad gather during the search for the Piper Saratoga that crashed on the mountain top  March 21, 2004. Curt and Linda Piercy of Normal; Amy and Don Maurer of Carlock; and Amy's brother, Brad Webb, and his girlfriend, Erica Edgington, both of Carlock, were killed in the crash on a remote Kentucky mountain top.

July 18, 2004: Five people die when their plane crashes near Wheeling, W.Va. Killed are Gary Egbers and Tracy Gibson, both of Bloomington, Mark Long of Lincoln, Brian Bastion of Normal and Tom Hollar.

April 27, 2005: Herschel Brock, 79, of Bloomington, and James F. Bryan, 70, of Tombstone, Ariz., die when their home-built single-engine plane crashes near Tombstone.

Nov. 9, 2005: An Alabama pilot dies when his twin-engine cargo plane crashes into a field along Towanda Barnes Road, just across from Central Illinois Regional Airport.

Crash outside CIRA

Workers clean up the wreckage of a small plane that crashed west of Towanda Barnes Road Nov. 9, 2005. An Alabama pilot died when the twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a field along Towanda Barnes Road, just across from Central Illinois Regional Airport.

April 7, 2015: Seven people die when a C414A Cessna Chancellor crashes in a soybean field near Illinois 9 and 2100 East.

Illinois State plane crash

Bloomington firefighters respond to the wreckage of a twin-engine Cessna that crashed near the airport in Bloomington just after midnight, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. All seven passengers aboard the plane were killed, including an associate coach and administrator from Illinois State University. They were returning from watching the NCAA national championship game in Indianapolis.

Jan. 27, 2018: George P. Irick Jr., 68, of Congerville, dies when his single-engine Cessna in Warren County, Ind.

Congerville man dies in plane crash

George P. Irick Jr, 68, Congerville, died in this single-engine plane crash in a heavily wooded area of Warren County in central Indiana, Jan. 27, 2018.

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