October 5th, 2012|
October 5, 2012
Coming to rest just hundreds of feet from a school, a single-engine Cirrus plane crashed and burned about a mile east of the Gary/Chicago Airport on Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. Two men were killed in the crash, reports the Chicago Tribune.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane had taken off from Smyrna, Tennessee, but it was undetermined if the plane was heading for the Gary/Chicago Airport.
The plane went down in a wooded area about 400 feet from Lighthouse Charter School in Gary, according to the Gary fire captain.
The captain said that the plane was burning when the fire crews arrived and that the fire fighters were unable to get close enough to the wreckage to rescue anyone.
The victims’ bodies were removed from the scene of the crash around 5:30 p.m., but their identities were unknown at that time.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were en route to Gary as of Wednesday night.
“Today was a sad day in our city. Our hearts go out to the families of these plane crash victims. I also extend my gratitude to all of the first responders from the City of Gary, surrounding cities and towns, Lake County and the State of Indiana,” said Gary’s mayor.