Seven people returning from the NCAA basketball championship game in Indianapolis, including members of Illinois State University’s athletics department, died early Tuesday morning when the small plane they were traveling in crashed near Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington.
The Pantagraph reports that the victims included ISU’s deputy director of athletics for external operations and the associate head coach of the Redbirds men’s basketball team. Other victims included a partner of a popular bar and the owner of a meat-processing company.
Authorities said everyone on board the C414A Cessna Chancellor died in the crash.
The plane left Indianapolis International Airport at around 11 p.m. Monday and hit heavy fog over central Illinois, the Chicago Tribune reports. Before the plane was due to land, it lost radio contact with air traffic control officials in Peoria and dropped off the radar, according to the newspaper.
After an approximately three-hour search, law enforcement located the wreckage in a farm field northeast of the airport in Bloomington, the Tribune states.
The cause of the crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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