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Wife says pilot of crashed plane a hero for actions

July 8, 2019

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A survivor of a northern Illinois private plane crash that left one dead says her husband, who piloted the plane, is a hero because of his efforts to prevent the tragedy.

Investigators say 70-year-old Raymond Jakubiak of Naperville was flying his 1981 Beech A36 single-engine aircraft from Nashville to the Chicago area when it began experiencing engine problems. The six-seater caught fire after Jakubiak made an emergency landing in a wheat field near Chebanse, about 60 miles south of Chicago.

Wrenne Jakubiak’s sister, 84-year-old Dorothy Stockard of Hermitage, Tennessee, died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash.

Wrenne Jakubiak on Monday told the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights her husband is a hero because of his quick actions. She was treated for burns and released from Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood the same day. Her husband remains hospitalized with burns.

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Information from: Daily Herald, http://www.dailyherald.com

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