The aircraft crashed just after 12:30 p.m. in a remote area outside of Buffalo City, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Robert Joseph Ross, 62, a flight instructor from Santa Cruz, California and his son, Michael C. Ross, 32, of Austin, Texas flew out of Danville, Illinois and were headed to Austin. The younger Ross was also a pilot. No word on which of them was flying the plane.
The Baxter County Sheriff’s Department says skies were overcast, with low clouds and rain at the time of the crash. There was no distress call reported to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane simply dropped off of the agency’s radar.
The aircraft was a 1982 Cessna T-210, a six-seat plane. It was registered to Monterey Aviation Inc. of Watsonville, California.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.