On Saturday, February 12, 2022, at approximately 6:10 p.m. City of Carbondale police officers responded to a small aircraft, single engine plane crash in the 2600 block of New Era Road. The pilot was preparing for a final landing approach at the Southern Illinois Regional Airport when the plane struck power lines causing the aircraft operation to fail and descend to the ground. The pilot was the only occupant in the plane and was driven to the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. The Carbondale Fire Department, Carbondale Police Department, Jackson County Ambulance Service, Jackson County Sherriff’s Department and Southern Illinois Airport Police Department all responded to the scene. The Federal Aviation Administration is the lead investigating agency and will conduct a full investigation into the incident.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the City of Carbondale Police Department at (618) 549-2121. You may also call the Carbondale/SIU Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (618) 549-COPS (2677) or the Murphysboro/Jackson County anonymous tip line at (618) 687-COPS (2677). Anonymous tips may also be made by selecting the “Crime Stoppers” tab located on the main page of this website. Please help yourself, along with your county, its communities and the university campus by using these numbers if you witness, or have any information pertaining to, a crime. Cash rewards for information which leads to an arrest are also made anonymously. Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does!