Small plane crashes into Chicago home

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

(M Spencer Green, AP)

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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.

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