PHOTO: Emergency responders remove power lines from the small plane that crashed on the Rock River on Saturday, just west of Grand Detour.
Kelley Snyder, who lives just a house down from Ross, and almost directly across from where the plane came to rest, also heard a loud bang, but thought it was just a vehicle backfiring.
“I heard a pop, pop and I thought it was just a Jeep or truck backfiring. I went outside a few minutes later and started playing with our our dogs and tossing them balls down the hill,” Snyder said. “When I walked down our hill to get one of the balls I saw the plane and at first I was, ‘Oh no, a plane crashed,’ and my first thought was that if it started to sink it was pretty shallow there.
Snyder said she then saw the pilot.
“I yelled and asked if he was alright and he waved his arms," she said.
Snyder’s son Dax, 12, was inside his family’s house and also heard a “snapping” noise.
“I think that was when they hit the power wire,” he said. “It looked like the pilot was trying to get the lady out.”