COLONA, Ill. - An Iowa couple was killed Monday when a small, antique plane bound for an air show in North Carolina crashed east of the Quad Cities, authorities said.
Henry County Coroner David Johnson said John and Sheri Horn, both 53 of Cedar Falls, Iowa, were killed when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed shortly after 8 a.m. Monday in a soybean field north of Colona.
Johnson said the couple were antique aircraft buffs and were flying the 60-year-old Navion to an air show in Southport, N.C. They left Waterloo, Iowa, on Monday and planned to stop in Georgetown, Ky., northwest of Lexington, on their way to North Carolina, officials said.
The cause of the crash has not been determined, but preliminary findings could be released within a week, said Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board.
Johnson said weather could be a factor.
"It was foggy this morning. Fog could have had a role in this," Johnson said.
Two people who were about a quarter-mile away reported hearing the plane's engine, and then "heard a thud," Illinois State Police trooper Jason Wilson told the (Rock Island) Argus and (Moline) Dispatch.
The crash occurred not far from the Quad Cities International Airport, but FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said it appears the plane was passing over and not approaching for a landing.
Ed Malinowski, an NTSB investigator, said the pilot had been in contact with the airport's traffic control tower, but there is no record of any distress call.