Pulaski man dies in Illinois plane crash

LINCOLN, Ill. (WBAY) - Three people, including a man from Pulaski, died when their small plane crashed on an interstate in central Illinois.

The FAA says the plane took off from the Central Illinois Regional Airport Tuesday morning. It traveled about 35 miles southwest before crashing into the median of Interstate 55 near Lincoln, Ill., at about quarter to 9.

The plane caught fire and became fully engulfed. There were no survivors.

The victims were identified Wednesday as Mitchell Janssen, 22, of Princeville, Ill.; Matthew Hanson, 33, of Pulaski, Wis.; and Kevin Chapman, 30, of Urbana, Ill.

Janssen was piloting the single-engine Cessna 172.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

Traffic on the interstate was diverted for more than five-and-a-half hours.

LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) - A former Bradley University baseball player was among the three people killed when a small airplane crashed on the median of an interstate highway near Lincoln, Illinois. Illinois State Police announced Wednesday the victims of Tuesday’s crash were 22-year-old Mitchell W. Janssen of Princeville, Illinois; 33-year-old Matthew Hanson of Pulaski, Wisconsin and 30-year-old Kevin Chapman of Urbana, Illinois.

when it crashed on Interstate-55 and burst into flames.

The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into the cause of the crash.

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