Springfield ex-mayor reportedly among victims in Illinois plane crash

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A Sangamon County Sheriff's deputy and a Rochester Police officer establish a perimeter near the scene of an airplane crash in Springfield, Illinois, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. The Springfield Airport Authority confirmed that the plane went down shortly after 3 p.m. and was heading inbound towards Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport. (Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Three people and a dog were killed Tuesday afternoon in the crash of a small airplane in Illinois.

While officials did not release the names of the victims, multiple sources with knowledge of the crash identified two of victims as Frank and Cinda Edwards of Springfield. Frank Edwards was a former Springfield mayor, fire chief and alderman. His wife, Cinda Edwards, was Sangamon County coroner. The identity of the third victim was not immediately confirmed.

Public safety officials confirmed that the plane, a twin-engine Piper Aerostar, went down shortly after 3 p.m. in a field in unincorporated Sangamon County between Springfield and Rochester. The plane was heading inbound toward Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration was at the crash site Tuesday evening along with the coroner’s office. The National Transportation Safety Board also was expected to arrive within the next 12-18 hours to investigate.


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