Pilot killed in Taylorville crash praised as hero
TAYLORVILLE, Ill. — The pilot who died in a central Illinois crash over the weekend is being praised for guiding the plane away from homes as it came down.
The crash happened around noon Saturday near homes in Taylorville, just moments after a group of skydivers jumped from the plane.
Roger Smith manages a small airport in Macomb, and he says he knew pilot Brandon Sparrow of Augusta for 15 years.
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