On October 19, 2017 at 6:07 p.m., 5211 E. 1700th Avenue, Wheeler (approximately 4 miles north of Wheeler) a crash occurred with an ultralight aircraft.
A white 1998 Challenger Ultralight piloted by Arthur C. Michels, 86, of Wheeler crashed. Preliminary investigation by the Illinois State Police District 12 was flying approximately a mile and a half north of his residence, when the aircraft lost engine power.
Michels attempted to land and was reportedly about 20-feet above the ground when the aircraft spiraled down and crashed.
Michels was injured and was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating the crash.