1 Dead In Kane County Plane Crash

Updated 07/31/11 – 1:33 p.m.

BIG ROCK, Ill. (CBS) — A 73-year-old man died Sunday morning after a small experimental plane crashed in west suburban Kane County shortly after takeoff from an airport in Aurora.

According to the Kane County Sheriff’s office, the plane crashed in a corn field at 7:48 a.m. Sunday near Granart Road and Camp Dean Road in unincorporated Big Rock. The plane had just taken off from the Aurora Municipal Airport when it began losing altitude for an unknown reason.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports

Before crashing into the corn field, the plane smashed through a set of nearby power lines, according to the Sugar Grove Fire Department, which also responded to the crash.

The Kane County Sheriff’s office said the pilot, 73-year-old John Morrison, died in the crash.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro said Morrison called the control tower to return to the airport shortly after takeoff, but crashed before he made it back.

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Jack Morrison's E-Racer aircraft, while it was still under construction (Credit: eraceraircraft.com)

Morrison was making a test-flight of a single-engine, fixed-wing E-Racer, according to Molinaro. FAA records showed that Morrison had built the plane himself, Molinaro said.

Kane County authorities said Morrison, an Aurora resident, was an experienced pilot with a long history of flying experimental aircraft and was the sole occupant of the plane at the time of the crash.

  • Buddy Holly Wanna Be Goes Down

    Experimental and flying are two words that should not be used at the same time

    • Heather Ochoa

      He died doing what he loved. There are worse ways to go. Look at the talent that takes to hand make something like that. Hard work and dedication. At this time you should just have respect for a human life and the family and friends left behind.

    • Ben B.

      You couldn’t be more wrong. Where do you think every certified airplane in the air started?

      You should do some homework before you speak such that next time you don’t come off sounding so ignorant.

  • http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/08/01/pilot-killed-over-the-weekend-had-survived-2-plane-crashes/ Pilot Killed Over The Weekend Had Survived 2 Plane Crashes « CBS Chicago

    […] WBBM Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports, the flight that killed John Morrison, 73, of Aurora, was the first flight for the experimental plane involved, which Morrison reportedly had built […]

  • Keith F

    I watched John work on his new plane for several years. He was a dedicated and excellent craftsman. It breaks my heart that this happened. I know the first poster doesn’t understand the language, but “Experimental” doesn’t do justice to the aircraft…it just means that it wasn’t built in a Factory to a government approved type certificate.

    We may never know what happened or why, but he definitely passed doing what he loved. Doesn’t make it right or any easier…

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