Identities released of man, woman after airplane crash in Hanna City

Published: Aug. 15, 2022 at 3:29 PM CDT
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HANNA CITY (25 News Now) - The Peoria County Coroner has identified a husband and wife killed after a plane crash in Hanna City.

James W. Evanson, 75, and his wife Lisa K. Evanson, 67, both of Santa Fe, New Mexico, were identified as the pilot and passenger, respectively.

The coroner says James was a two-term Vietnam veteran and helicopter pilot, and remained an avid pilot through the rest of his life. His family says those are skills that helped him save lives in the final moments of his life.

“He avoided the vehicles, tried to land in the open area, and it would appear that perhaps that the wing caught on something and that’s what caused the problem,” local flight instructor Linda Schumm said.

The Federal Aviation Administration says Evanson reported engine trouble minutes before the Saturday afternoon crash, something Schumm says pilots train for repeatedly, making the final result even more tragic.

“He looks like he did a great job,” Schumm said. “I would say almost say like you said, ‘textbook.’ Obviously somebody who has practiced this.”

The plane took off from Santa Fe, New Mexico Saturday morning and was scheduled to land about the time it crashed.

Autopsy on James Evanson shows he experienced multiple blunt force trauma injuries. He was initially conscious on scene but suffered severe and detrimental internal bleeding and broken bones that were not sustainable in the short term. Toxicology is pending. Autopsy on Lisa Evanson showed she experienced multiple blunt force trauma injuries that were not consistent with life and died instantly.

The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation, along with the FAA. They say a preliminary report could be ready in a few weeks, though a full report could take much longer.

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