The plane crashed just north of the Centralia Municipal Airport.
Author: Alli Hebel, Elyse Schoenig
CENTRALIA, Ill. — One person died and another was injured after a small plane crashed into a pool Saturday in Centralia, Illinois.
According to Flight Aware, a flight tracking app, the Beechcraft 35 Bonanza took off at 11:20 a.m. from Marshall County Airport in Lacon, Illinois, and was heading for Centralia Municipal Airport.
It crashed on Wood Lane just north of the airport at 12:37 p.m.
According to the Centralia Fire Department, the passenger died and the pilot was airlifted to a St. Louis-area hospital with injuries.
The homeowner, Brian Hutchinson, told a 5 On Your Side photographer he heard a loud crash and ran outside to find the plane in his pool. He then called 911.
“It was dead silent and then a big boom,” Hutchinson said.
That big boom was a Saturday morning he said he would never forget.
“I looked over and saw a plane sitting in my swimming pool,” he said.
Hutchinson said for whatever reason he and his family were not in the pool Saturday, and that ‘thankful’ doesn’t come close to describing the feeling that they weren’t. He said this left him with too many terrifying thoughts of “what-ifs.”
“I still can’t believe it, I’m in shock right now, I’m just glad that my kids weren’t swimming or I didn’t have family over,” he said.
It is unclear what caused the crash. Officials have not released the name of the person who died.
The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash.
5 On Your Side will continue to update this story as information becomes available.