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Small plane crashes in Monroe County; 4 occupants injured

Firefighters cut the away the top of the plane’s cockpit to get to the occupants.
Firefighters cut the away the top of the plane’s cockpit to get to the occupants. Provided

A pilot and three passengers were injured when a small, single-engine plane crashed Saturday afternoon in Monroe County.

The plane, a Piper, crashed near the Red Roof gas station, near Illinois 3 and Interstate 255 in Columbia.

Authorities said the pilot and three passengers were taken to hospitals for treatment of injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

The names of the occupants were not immediately released. Columbia Assistant Police Chief Jason Donjon said they were two adult males, an adult female and a boy.

Donjon said witnesses reported that the plane seemed to be flying low.

Firefighters cut off the top of the plane’s cockpit to get to the occupants.

The pilot apparently was trying to land or take off from the nearby Sackman Field airport when it hit a power line, authorities said.

The crash happened about 12:30 p.m. Power was out for a portion of Columbia following the crash.

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