A Carlinville man is dead after a plane crash on Saturday afternoon. The plane crash took place near the Zelmer Memorial Airport just outside of Palmyra, Illinois, ½ mile south of the airport. 61-year-old Timothy Nelson of Carlinville was the pilot and single occupant of the single-engine 2 seat 1996 Yakoview Yak-52 aircraft. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
The crash is being investigated by the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday by the Macoupin County Coroner’s Office.