Four fraternity brothers die in small plane crash minutes after takeoff

Four former fraternity brothers were killed when the small plane they were in crashed in an Illinois farm field — just minutes after posing for a photo together aboard the doomed aircraft.

Pilot Joshua Daniel Sweers, 35, was all smiles with his three pals as they took off inside the single-engine Piper PA28 around 3:19 p.m. Sunday from Creve Coeur airport, news station KSDK reported.

He was joined by Daniel A. Shedd, 37, of St. Charles, Missouri; Daniel Schlosser, 39, of Mount Morris, Michigan; and John S. Camilleri, 39, of Buffalo, New York.

The four friends were all graduates of Kettering University in Michigan, where they were fraternity members of the Phi Gamma Delta, the outlet reported.

“This was his first time flying with them and I’m not sure if he had ever been in a small plane before,” Shedd’s father, Charles Shedd, told the outlet. “He was looking forward to the trip.”

But around 25 minutes after takeoff, the plane crashed under unknown circumstances near a farmhouse about three miles south of Carlinville, according to authorities.

The aircraft was destroyed upon impact and they were all pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the fatal crash.

With Post wires

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