Three individuals were taken to the hospital after their plane made an emergency landing in a wheat field in rural Chebanse. One person later died from their injuries.
Chebanse Township Fire Department and Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police responded to a down plane at 1:58 p.m. July 5 near 1561 W. and 3300 North Road.
The aircraft was a 1981 Beech A36 fixed wing, single-engine air craft owned and piloted by Raymond P. Jakubiak, Naperville.
Jakubiak was traveling from Nashville, Tennessee, to the Chicago area, according to the news release from the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department.
Jakubiak had two passengers on board: Wrenne M. Jakubiak, Naperville, and Dorothy C. Stockard, Hermitage, Tennessee.
Jakubiak began to experience engine trouble and attempted to locate an area to make an emergency landing, landing in the rural Chebanse wheat field.
The aircraft received damage while landing and, subsequently, caught fire.
Raymond Jakubiak sustained serious injuries and was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital and was later transferred to Loyola Hospital.
Wrenne M. Jakubiak was transported to Riverside Medical Center, where she was treated and later released.
Stockard, who received more extensive injuries, was transported to Riverside Medical Center, then transferred to Loyola where she later succumbed to her injuries.
The investigation is ongoing by the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department, Federal Aviation Administration and the N.T.S.B. Illinois State Police and the fire departments from Ashkum, Otto Township, Beaverville, and Aroma Park also assisted on scene.