3 killed, 2 injured when plane crashes in Illinois

by nph | November 30th, 2011

November 30, 2011

Three people were killed and two were injured late Monday night when a medical transport plane heading to Wheeling, Illinois, crashed in Riverwoods, according to the Daily Herald.

The twin-engine Piper Navajo was headed to Chicago Executive Airport when it went down about 50 feet from a home on the 600 block of Portwine Road in Lake County.

The fire department received a call at 10:47 p.m., reporting a brush fire. First responders found the downed plane in flames. The fire was quickly extinguished, but several people were trapped in the wreckage.

“It sounded a like a wind shear, a lot debris hitting the house,” one resident said. “Two or three minutes later, I looked outside and there are six or eight ambulances.”

The fire chief of the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire District said Tuesday morning that the small plane had run out of fuel when it went down.

A 75-year-old woman from Streamwood, Illinois, and her husband, who was the patient of the medical transport plane, died. The identity of the third person will not be released until the next of kin is contacted.

The two injured people were taken to Advocate Condell in Libertyville.

The National Transportation Safety is leading the investigation into the crash.

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