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Fundraisers are set to aid one victim of plane crash

Emergency responders and ComEd employees removed electrical wires from a small plane that crashed on the Rock River just west of Grand Detour. Photo by Earleen Hinton
Emergency responders and ComEd employees removed electrical wires from a small plane that crashed on the Rock River just west of Grand Detour. Photo by Earleen Hinton

Friends of a Machesney Park woman injured in an airplane crash in Grand Detour last month have organized fundraisers to help cover her medical bills and regular expenses.

According to a local TV station, Jamie Nadowski, 60, is facing a months-long recovery after she suffered multiple broken bones Jan. 20 when she and her boyfriend, David Manske, 50, also of Machesney Park, crash landed on the frozen Rock River almost on the Ogle and Lee County line.

A fundraiser was held Feb. 10 at the Lombardi Club in Rockford, and donations can also be made online at https://www.youcaring.com/jamienadowski-1076101.

According to the website, Nadowski, a registered nurse for more than 35 years at the Mercyhealth Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, will be off work for at least 12 weeks. 

She is also a transport nurse for the NICU and flies on React helicopter. 

“She will need help along the way to pay medical bills and monthly bills, as insurance and disability will not pay all bills and only gives her 70 percent of [her] pay,” the website says.

Manske will also be off work for an undetermined amount of time, the website says.

According to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, the homebuilt airplane, piloted by Manske, struck a power line just south of Grand Detour and went down onto the ice-covered river shortly before 1 p.m.

Emergency responders from the Dixon Rural Fire Department used a rubber raft to rescue the couple from the icy crash site where the plane was entangled in electrical lines.

ComEd workers had to cut power to a cabin on the island while they helped fire department personnel to untangle the power line from the plane.

The plane had flown out of the Chicago Rockford International Airport in Rockford.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Department called the Illinois State Police and Federal Aviation Administration to assist with the crash investigation.

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