Two men die in vintage plane in Canton, Missouri

by lmallernee | September 1st, 2012

August 31, 2012

On Wednesday evening at about 9:20 pm, a few miles southwest of Canton, Missouri, a 74 year old man of Carbondale, Illinois, and a 47 year old man of DuQuoin, Illinois, died after their twin engine Piper Apache aircraft crashed, reports the Examiner.

The owner of the 1956 light plane was the older of the two men, and he was also believed to be the pilot.

They had taken off from the Pinckneyville DuQuoin Airport headed to Antique Field, northeast of Blakesburg, Iowa, when they inexplicably crashed into a rural pasture bordered by tall trees in Lewis County, Missouri.

Even though the crash site is about 10 miles from the Lewis County Regional Airport, there were no radio messages from the pilot to indicate mechanical problems or other emergencies. The victims apparently died from blunt force trauma.

Because of the high number of automobile accidents that have occurred along the nearby Magic School Bus Road, locals refer to the grassy field where the plane went down as “haunted.” Adding to the superstitious myth, Lewis County Sheriff confirmed that this was the third plane crash in the last 12 years in that same area.

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating this aviation accident.

The Ohio personal injury lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends who were impacted by this aviation accident.