Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Air Crash Kills Schools Official, Three in Crew

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Air Crash Kills Schools Official, Three in Crew

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A corporate jet crashed in flames Wednesday just after takeoff, killing four people, including the chairman of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

The plane narrowly missed an apartment complex.

"It was about a 100-foot circle ball of flame, just like you see in the movies," said witness Bob Kerns. "I could feel the heat through the windows on my car." The Gulfstream IV jet went down across a road from Palwaukee Municipal Airport, about 23 miles north of Chicago. No one on the ground was injured. The plane's passenger was Arthur F. Quern, 54, said Debra Smitley, spokeswoman for the board. Quern also was chairman and chief executive for Aon Risk Services, an insurance brokerage in Chicago, Smitley said. Quern also served as chief of staff for Gov. Jim Thompson for four years and served on the White House staff from 1975 to 1977 as deputy assistant to the president for domestic affairs, she said. Before that, he was assistant to New York Gov. …

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