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Airplane crashes in rural Whiteside County

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Published: Jul. 25, 2021 at 12:37 PM CDT
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WHITESIDE Co., Ill. (KWQC) - Illinois State Police are investigating an airplane crash in rural Whiteside County.

According to state police, the airplane crashed happened around 5:45 p.m. Friday in a field near East Thome Road and Calhoun Drive south of Rock Falls. The aircraft was a white 1966 Cessna 150, according to state police.

Police have identified the pilot as 60-year-old Daniel Gryder of Hampton, Georgia. A passenger, 42-year-old Matthew Mansell of Napoleon, Missouri, was with Gryder.

According to state police, troopers parked on Interstate 88 at mile 42 Friday and saw a plane crash into the field. Police say the pilot and passenger were uninjured.

Illinois State Police, the Federal Aviation Administration, and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

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