2 injured, 1 dead after small plane crash in Iroquois County

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CHEBANSE, Ill. — Authorities say a Tennessee woman died and two suburban Chicago residents were injured after a small plane made an emergency landing in an Illinois field.

Iroquois County Sheriff’s Police said Saturday Raymond Jakubiak of Naperville was flying a Beech A36 single-engine aircraft from Nashville to the Chicago area Friday afternoon when he began to experience engine trouble. Jakubiak attempted to land in a wheat field near Chebanse, where the plane was damaged and caught fire.

The Iroquois County Sheriff’s office said the single-engine plane crashed in the field near Chebanse, Illinois around 2 p.m. Friday.

Jakubiak and passenger Dorothy Stockard of Hermitage, Tennessee, were taken to Loyola University Medical Center near Chicago, where Stockard died. Passenger Wrenne Jakubiak of Naperville was treated for injuries and released.

The plane is a Beechcraft Bonanza, a single-engine, six-seater registered out of Naperville, Illinois. It is believed to have taken off from the Kankakee Regional Airport shortly before crashing six miles directly south of it.

Several agencies are investigating the crash.

Chebanse is about 60 miles (97 kilometers) south of Chicago.

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