Small plane from Mobile carrying family aboard crashes in southern Illinois

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WATERLOO, Ill. (AP/WKRG) — A single-engine aircraft believed to have been carrying a family aboard crashed in southern Illinois.

Authorities say the plane went down Tuesday northeast of Waterloo, in Monroe County.

The Associated Press reports three people were on board the plane, the pilot, his wife, and their grandchild.

Previous reports from CBS affiliate KMOV, said four family members were on board, including the toddler. KMOV reported the three adults are the toddler’s mother, grandmother, and grandfather.

According to the Associated Press, the man and woman were taken to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Their grandchild was taken to Children’s Hospital for treatment. The identity and conditions of the passengers wasn’t immediately known.

KMOV says the plane clipped some trees and crashed after warning light came, and a malfunction occurred causing oil to over the windshield.

The plane departed Mobile, Alabama early Tuesday and was destined for St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Illinois. The Federal Aviation Administration reported the downed aircraft was a single-engine Piper PA-32k. The plane is registered to a man in Fairhope. 

Waterloo is located about 24 miles southeast of St. Louis.

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