(Sparta, IL)--Two Heartland families are mourning the loss of their loved ones who were killed in a plane crash Wednesday night in Randolph County. The single engine Beechcraft Bonanza A-36 was carrying 60 year old Jerry Davis of Cape Girardeau, and 58 year old Kenneth Krongos of Buncombe, Il.
They were flying back to Cape Girardeau, from Minnesota, when they ran into rough weather. "I live about a half mile away from here. I heard the plane circle several times, and I knew it was in trouble due to the weather," says Tim Price Deputy in Randolph County. "Myself and another neighbor were the first to find the horrific crash here on the hill," Price said.
The plane slammed into the ground five miles south of Sparta. According to the Sparta weather station visibility was poor and there was freezing rain in the area, at the time of the crash. "So anything falling would've frozen and covered the plane," says Chris Betian of Sparta Aero Services. "And with ice it disrupts the airflow over the wings of the airplane, and takes away the lift. But it also adds a tremendous amount of weight to the aircraft," Betian said.