JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Two men were hurt in a plane crash in Jackson County, Illinois on Monday, Aug. 28.
According to Captain Michael O'Leary with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, someone from the Southern Illinois Airport Tower called the department at 9:10 a.m. to report an aircraft that was in distress about seven miles south of the airport.
Just moments later, 911 calls started coming in about a plane crash in an orchard near Grammer Road south of Murphysboro.
The plane crashed near Kite Hill Vineyard. The plane hit a tree when it went down.
The two men inside the cockpit had major injuries. They were both flown to area hospitals by helicopter.
Witnesses said people who saw the plane go down jumped into action to help the two men who were on board the plane. One of those witnesses, Ashley Clerk, recalls her experience of the crash.
"We were out here working," Clerk said. "And all of a sudden we seen a plane flying around and he just kinda came down real low...almost looked like he was doing a stunt....turned on his side, came back up like he was going to do a figure eight and he just lost it over the tree line right there and just crashed. We took off running as hard as we could, all of us. every one of us out here."
The names and condition of the two men involved are not being released. Investigators believe they were both from out of state. Online records show the plane is registered in Oklahoma.
"It was definitely scary. It was something out of a movie, really. One of the gentlemans head was gashed open across the top...one of them had a wound there above his eye," Clerk said. "You can definitely tell they need medical help immediately. If you see something go wrong, help! that's the main thing. help people! get out there and do something. Don't let people suffer."
No one on the ground was hurt.
Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration are on the scene.