Waterloo plane crash

Firefighters inspect the scene of a small plane crash on Tuesday, March 12 at the intersection of Floraville Road and Gillmore Lake Road northeast of Waterloo. The passengers — a toddler and his grandmother and grandfather — were taken to a hospital, but were conscious and breathing after the crash. 

WATERLOO — Rescuers pulled three family members, including a toddler, from a small plane crash in rural Monroe County on Tuesday afternoon.

The crash was sometime before 3 p.m. at Gilmore Lake Road and Floraville Road, northeast of Waterloo. On board were a 4-year-old boy along with his grandmother and grandfather, who was flying the plane, said Maj. Jim Lansing of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. All three were taken to a hospital. They were all talking and conscious, Lansing said.

The woman on board told authorities a warning light came on in the plane and oil began covering the windshield so that the pilot couldn’t see, Lansing said.

The plane clipped a tree before it nose-dived into the ground and flipped, according to the sheriff’s office.

After the crash, a neighbor pulled the toddler out of the wreckage, Lansing said.

The plane seen in images of the crash left an airport near Mobile, Alabama, at 11:18 a.m. and was set to arrive at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia on Tuesday afternoon, according to online flight tracking site FlightAware.

The plane is a Piper PA-32R, a six-seat, single-engine aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration was called to the scene to investigate the cause of the crash.

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