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Update 8-31-16:  The Hardin County Sheriff’s Department received a 9-1-1 call from Justin Hastie reporting a plane crash at the Route 1 Fast Stop (Former B & B Store) on Route 1 in Cave In Rock last Friday about mid-morning. Hastie was the first person on the scene. He said there was no fire or smoke, but he could see the passenger of the plane lying in the grass and soon after found the pilot who remained in the plane. Both men were injured, but still alive. He helped the passenger out of the field and stayed with the men until emergency crews arrived. Hastie said that the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department responded fast and did a great job.
Once emergency crews arrived, the plane was quickly identified by the number printed at the back of the plane. It was an 86 Cessna, 6 wing, single engine plane owned by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Although Hardin County assisted, the case was immediately handled by the Illinois State Police and the FAA who required an investigation of the incident.
The pilot’s injuries were less severe and he was sent by ambulance to Hardin County General Hospital. The passenger had more severe injuries and was airlifted by AirEvac to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN. “Thank the Lord they were not hurt worse than they were,” said Hastie.
The Independent contacted the Illinois State Police for more details, including the names of the pilot and passenger, but a call was not returned.

8-26-16 This morning a small engine plane crash was reported next to the former B and B Store on Rt. 1 in Cave In Rock. There were no fatalities at the scene and at least one of the crash survivors was flown out. More information will come at a later time.