LINCOLN, Ill. – The Illinois State Police have identified three men killed Tuesday morning when their small plane crashed into Interstate 55 in central Illinois.
The crash happened just before 8:50 a.m. on southbound I-55 at milepost 126 in Logan County.
The plane, a 2013 Cessna 172, departed the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Illinois prior to the crash.
The plane burst into flames after the crash and the occupants were taken to a local hospital where they were declared dead.
The crash victims were identified as 22-year-old Mitchell Janssen of Princeville, Illinois (pilot); 33-year-old Matthew Hanson of Pulaski, Wisconsin (passenger); and 30-year-old Kevin Chapman of Urbana, Illinois (passenger).
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are continuing their investigation of the crash.