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Police Investigate Plane Crash in Shawnee National Forest, No Survivors Reported


The Illinois State Police are investigating the fatal crash of a small aircraft believed to have gone down in the Shawnee National Forest yesterday.  

The single engine plane was destined for Marion, Ill. but never arrived.  After losing contact with the pilot, law enforcement and first responders conducted a thorough search of rural Pope County. 

At approximately 6:35 PM, the plane was discovered in Shawnee National Forest. 

Authorities are withholding releasing the identities of the victims until family members are notified and haven't revealed the number of passengers aboard the craft, but say that there were no survivors. 

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are also investigating the crash.  

Rob Canning is a native of Murray, KY, a 2015 TV Production grad of Murray State. At MSU, he served as team captain of the Murray State Rowing Club. Rob's goal is to become a screenwriter, film director or producer and looks to the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie for inspiration. He appreciates good music, mainly favoring British rock n' roll, and approves of anything with Jack White's name on it. When not studying, rowing or writing, Rob enjoys spending his free time with a book or guitar.
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