Troopers: Plane lost power before emergency landing

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Credit: Buck Braid Credit: Buck Braid

LOGAN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police say a plane was lost power moments before it had to make an emergency landing on an Illinois interstate. 

Troopers say the pilot, identified as 51-year-old Austin, Ind., man William Farnsley, started to lose power for what they called "unknown reasons" after taking aerial photos from his plane. He ended up landing at mile post 133 of Interstate 55 southbound at around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. Troopers said the pilot was trying to land southbound on the Interstate 55, however, he ended up on the north. 

A press release says the plane hit a car during the landing, then went through a median and stopped on the leftbound shoulder. Troopers say the plane caused minor damage to the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. However, no one was injured. 

The plane's landing gear was damaged. It was successfully towed from the area. 

Troopers say Farnsley is upset about crashing but "seems to be in good shape". There were no injuries in the crash. 

Dispatchers with ISP say several accidents are reported near the landing site.Traffic was reduced to one lane for more than a mile. In regards to how the plane lost power, that's under investigation. 

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