A plane used for skydiving departed from Festus, Missouri on Tuesday and crashed as the pilot was returning to the airport. The Fly Free Skydiving school plane departed around 3 p.m. from Festus Memorial Airport and after the four skydivers onboard jumped from the plane the pilot attempted to return to the airport. The engine began to fail, and the plane started drifting towards Illinois. The pilot jumped from the plane with his parachute and landed safely on the ground. All pilots of skydiving planes are required to wear a parachute, and it saved this pilot’s life. Crews are searching for the plane wreckage and believe it to be in Illinois. The accident is currently under investigation.
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