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June 27, 2011
A plane crash Sunday in Romeoville, Illinois, killed a 68-year-old pilot from Darien and injured his passenger when engine trouble forced a crash landing near Lewis University Airport.
After taking off from Brookeridge Airpark near Downers Grove, the plane crashed around 2:30 p.m. near Airport Road and Independent Boulevard, according to The Chicago Tribune. Engine problems reportedly caused the Cessna 210 to attempt a landing at Lewis University Airport, but the plane collided with a cluster of trees. The plane’s engine landed 10 feet from the rest of the plane.
Both men were alive after the aviation accident, but because live power lines were laid across the Cessna their removal from the plane had to be delayed while power was shut off.
Heavy-extrication equipment was then used to free the pilot and passenger from the plane.
Both were taken by ambulance to the airport, and they were then taken by helicopter to Oak Lawn’s Advocate Christ Medical Center and Downers Grove’s Good Samaritan Hospital, where the pilot died.
One-thousand nearby residents experienced an hour-long power outage after the crash.
Why do you think small planes crash so frequently? What kind of safety precautions might prevent these crashes?
If you or someone you know has had their safety compromised on a commercial or private aircraft, contact the national aviation lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy.
Photo courtesy of Chicago Sun Times
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