(CBS Newspath/KMOV) — Four members of a family, including a toddler, were aboard a small plane that crashed in Monroe County, Illinois Tuesday afternoon. The plane is registered to a man in Fairhope and had left the downtown airport in Mobile Tuesday.
According to the CBS affiliate, KMOV in St. Louis, a man who lives near the crash scene in Illinois rushed to help, “there was fuel leaking out of it and. My wife was already on the phone with 9-1-1. I found a fire extinguisher lying right next to it. Myself and another gentleman that stopped, we broke the windows out.”
The site of the crash was near Gilmore Lake Road and Floraville Road, northeast of Waterloo. “That’s when we heard the child crying,” he said, “we broke out the window and cut the seatbelt. He was in a car seat.”
According to authorities, KMOV reports three people had to be extricated from the plane.
The three adults on board are the toddler’s mother, grandmother and grandfather.
Authorities say the plane crashed after a warning light came on, and some type of malfunction occurred causing oil to cover the windshield.
The plane then clipped some trees and took a nose dive.