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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13585
Last updated: 24 August 2017
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31 Navajo
Owner/operator:Sheldon P Weitzman
Registration: N26AN
C/n / msn: 31-57
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:University of Illinois Willard Airport, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:University of Illinois Willard Airport (CMI/KCMI)
Destination airport:Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio (BKL/KBKL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Written off (destroyed) 9 September 1978 when stalled and spun into the ground near University of Illinois Willard Airport, Tolono Township, Champaign-Urbana, Savoy, Illinois. Crash caused by engine failure: connecting rod bolt or nut failure in #1 engine for undetermined reasons. Pilot in command unable to maintain climb and/or safe minimum flying speed

Pilots FAA check flight not complete. All six persons on board (pilot and five passengers) killed

CHAMPAIGN, III. (UPI) - Northwestern University football player Michael Weitzman spent most of Sunday at the bedside of his critically injured brother, Brian, the only survivor of a plane crash which killed his father, another brother and three other persons. Sheldon P. .Weitzman, 46, and sons Mitchell, 20, and 17-year-old Brian were returning home to Eastlake, Ohio, after watching Michael, a defensive tackle, play as Northwestern and Illinois battled to a 0-0 tie Saturday. The twin-engine Navajo Beech aircraft apparently lost power in one of its engines and crashed into a soybean field near Willard Airport about six miles south of Champaign Saturday, night, authorities said. Killed were the senior Weitzman; Mitchell; the pilot Richard E. Kane, 29, Lakewood, Ohio; Kane's wife Barbara, 22; and Christine Ellzey, 38, Berea, Ohio. Mrs. Kane, who died of multiple injuries Sunday, and Brian were taken from the crash scene to Burnham Hospital


1. NTSB Identification: CHI78FA064 at
5. Journal Gazette from Mattoon, Illinois Monday, September 11, 1978

Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
22-Apr-2015 17:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
22-Apr-2015 23:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
10-May-2015 02:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
26-Jan-2017 11:30 TheoIII Updated [Source, Narrative]

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