Pilot survives as private plane crashes in wooded rural area

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MONROE COUNTY, IL (KTVI) - An Illinois pilot walked away from a serious crash that happened at around 3 pm on Tuesday after noon. According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office a 19-year-old skydiving instructor was flying a 1950`s model Cessna when he had engine trouble. The pilot called in for help and was told to jump from the plane. Minutes later plane crashed into a bluff on Bluff Road just north of Steffen. He landed in his parachute about 2 miles away from the crash site.

Officials also say they had to turn off the emergency beacon to stop the distress signal on the plane a plane that`s now broken into 20 pieces. The unnamed pilot declined an interview, but FOX2 has confirmed that a similar accident happened 13 months ago with Fly Free Skydiving.

Officials say the plane in Tuesday’s crash belongs to the same company.

The FAA is expected to conduct their investigation first thing Wednesday morning.