Small plane crashes into Chicago home

2014-11-18 19:35
(M Spencer Green, AP)

(M Spencer Green, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Chicago - A small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home on Chicago's southwest side on Tuesday, killing the pilot but sparing a couple who were asleep just centimetres away.

The Aero Commander 500 slammed into the front of the home around 02:40, punching through the ground floor into the basement and leaving about a third of the mangled wreckage, including the tail, exposed outside.

"It's very lucky. They were in a bedroom next to the living room and the living room is gone," assistant Chicago fire department commissioner Michael Fox said of the home's two residents. Both told first responders they were fine and refused any medical attention.

Crews were trying to recover the pilot's body from the wreckage. No one else was on board.

The pilot, who wanted to fly to Columbus, Ohio, reported engine trouble shortly after taking off from Midway international airport and asked to return to the airport.

The national transportation safety board is investigating.

Read more on:    us  |  air crashes

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.