VIDEO: Grandparents die in plane crash en route to celebrate Thanksgiving

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Family and friends in a small Illinois town are mourning the loss of two grandparents who perished in a plane crash while traveling for Thanksgiving.

Joseph and Patty Kreher, of Freeburg, Illinois, died Saturday when their small, twin-engine Piper PA-30 aircraft crashed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at around 11:15 a.m. The couple had taken off from the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, made a stop in London, Kentucky, and then crashed near an airport in Winston-Salem, KSDK-TV reported.

Authorities with the National Safety Transportation Board are investigating the cause of the crash. Air Safety Investigator Pete Wentz told the local news station the pilot had communicated to the airport radio tower that there was a problem before the plane went down.

“The pilot communicated saying he needed to circle the airport for a second attempt and during the circling maneuver, the airplane lost control and impacted the ground,” Wetnz explained.

According to FOX8, the couple were flying to Winston-Salem, North Carolina from St. Louis to visit their son and grandchildren for Thanksgiving. It was a trip they had made several times before with no problems.

However, they experienced a problem with the plane as they were coming in to land.

Residents of Freeburg, Illinois, a small town of about 4,500 people, are now mourning the loss of the couple, who were well-known members of the community.

The Krehers owned a machine shop business in Freeburg, which did repair work on heavy equipment for the Metro East and Southern Illinois region, as well as the Greater St. Louis area, the report explains.

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  1. 🥲 We what a sad outcome to a day of Thanksgiving to be spent with their son. Prayers to the family and friends.🙏🏼 Rest in peace to the two grandparents…


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