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Pilot killed in Illinois skydiving plane crash

14-08-2012

All 12 skydivers made it safely out of a Beech 18 plane moments before it crashed into a backyard in rural southern Illinois Saturday morning, killing the pilot. Officials suggested the pilot, 30-year-old Brandon Sparrow, may have had enough control of the plane in the last seconds of flight to steer it away from homes; there were no injuries on the ground. Officials are far from having any indications of why the plane crashed. And so far it is unclear if the skydivers jumped out at their predetermined location, or if some type of problem on the plane prompted Sparrow to order the jumpers out sooner. Witnesses to the crash reported seeing the plane in a nose-down attitude and heard at least one of the engines rev up shortly before the plane crashed.

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