Illinois Wing was activated at the request of the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center on 22 August to search for a missing aircraft N8265B. The activation occurred on mission number 15-M-0506A. This mission was closed with the AFRCC as 1 distress find.
On August 21, 2015, about 0730 central standard time, a Cessna 172 airplane, N8265B, was substantially damaged when it collided with terrain under unknown circumstances near Martinsville, Illinois. The non-certificated pilot, who was the sole occupant and owner of the airplane, sustained fatal injuries. The flight was being conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed throughout the area at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that originated from the Casey Municipal Airport (1H8), Casey, Illinois, about 0700.
There were no witnesses to the accident, and no radio or distress calls were heard from the pilot. There was no available radar information for the flight.
Local authorities found the wreckage in a mature bean field about 11.5 miles southeast of 1H8 the day following the accident.