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1 Dead, 2 Injured in Plane Crash Close to Chicago

Reports say that a woman from Tennessee died while two residents of Naperville were injured when a small plane made an emergency landing in a field about 60 miles outside of Chicago. Raymond Jakubiak was flying a Beech A36 aircraft on Friday July 5th. That afternoon the small, single engine plane experienced technical difficulties causing engine complications. These engine problems led to Jakubiak performing an emergency landing in a wheat field in Chebanese, just south of Chicago where the crash occurred. The plane was severely damaged and caught fire. The flight was attempting to go from Nashville, Tennessee to Chicago, Illinois. Dorothy Stockard of Tennessee along-side two Naperville residents were taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. Stockard tragically died from her injuries, while others were treated and released. Tragedies, such as this, remind us of the importance of taking safety precautions seriously when flying in any aircraft. The odds of dying in a plane crash are 1 and 11,000,000. While the odds are so slim, accidents still happen. Safety should be your number one priority when flying in an aircraft to ensure your protection in the case an accident does happen. Below are some tips to remember when flying that can help keep you safe. Whether flying on a private plane or flying on a commercial aircraft, they are still important to take note of.


Keep your bags stowed away and clear of the isle at all times. You don’t want it to block any exits or cause someone to trip and fall in the short time you have to evacuate. In the case of a crash or emergency landing, leave your luggage behind. You don’t want anything weighing you down in your limited time to get off the aircraft. Yourself should be your first priority.


Exit rows can be the safest places to sit on an aircraft. In the event of an emergency the closer you are to an exit, the higher chance you have of a quick escape. During a crash, the safest way to sit is to brace yourself. If you are able, one should fasten their seatbelt and sit with your feet flat and have your head cradled against your knees or the seat in front of you. Those who brace themselves correctly prevent serious neck and head injuries.

During a Crash:

The very first thing you should do is put your oxygen mask on. You should put your own mask on before helping others with theirs. A drop in cabin pressure can cause you to fall unconscious then you will be unable to help those around you. You cannot help if you cannot breathe.

While the odds are so slim, we, unfortunately, cannot control all factors that come into play when traveling on an aircraft. The negligent actions of others may lead to the injury of people nearby. If you or a loved one are injured because of the actions of another party call a Spiros Law attorney at (815) 929- 9292. You or your loved one may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and suffering. Let us take care of the nitty gritty while you focus on what is most important, a full recovery. Our attorneys will take care of you every step of the way. Reach out for your free, non-binding consultation and we will help you navigate the logistics of your case.