St. Louis Public Radio News
3:02 pm
Wed April 9, 2003

Small Plane Crashes into Mississippi River

St. Louis, Mo. – Police and the FBI hope to learn more about Tuesday night's crash of a small plane into the Mississippi River near the Gateway Arch and McKinley Bridge.

Two pilots on board, Saleem Iqbal and Mohammed Saleh, are both hospitalized.

Because the nation is under orange alert, and because bridges and national monuments have been mentioned as possible terrorism targets, police and the FBI say they're taking extra precautions. But city officials say they have NO indication the crash was linked to terrorism.

The plane is owned by Grand Aire of Toledo, Ohio, where earlier today, three people were killed when a different Grand Aire jet crashed.

The Coast Guard briefly closed the river to barges and other traffic.

The plane makes deliveries to St. Louis area manufacturing firms. Police say the plane crashed moments after a missed approach at the airport.