Taylorville plane crash shocks neighbors


TAYLORVILLE -- Neighbors are still shocked after a plane carrying skydivers crashed in a Taylorville neighborhood.

It happened shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday -- less than two miles away from Taylorville's airport. All 12 skydivers jumped to safety before the plane went down.

But the plane flown by Brandon Sparrow, 30, of Augusta took a nosedive into a backyard. Now neighbors are calling him a hero.

"He could've bailed if he wanted to," said witness John Belk. "He stayed with the plane, and only thing I can figure is maybe he was trying to go another block and a half to get to an empty field. When he saw he couldn't make it, he just put it down."

A preliminary autopsy report says sparrow died of injuries sustained from the crash.

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