CHICAGO (CBS) — Two men have been killed after a plane crashed near a small airport in the north suburbs.
CBS 2/WBBM Newsradio’s Kris Habermehl reports, the crash happened along Virginia Road and Pyott Road in Crystal Lake, near the Lake In The Hills airport.
The plane, a Beech Bonanza 35, crashed at 3:16 p.m. about a half mile east of the airport. The National Transportation Safety Board was on the way to investigate.
LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts reports
The two men on the plane who died were identified as 65-year-old H. Scott Clark of Lake Forest and Paul Sanfillipo, 82, of Grayslake.
The plane crashed into a former quarry, which is now filled with mud. It appeared the plane was on approach to the airport and the runway was less than a half mile away. There were brisk crosswinds at the time.
Emergency crews had to use a bulldozer to clear a path to the crash site, WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts reports.
The aircraft sustained severe damage: the entire front of the plane was crushed and burned away.
The plane was registered to Sanfillipo. It wasn’t immediately known who was flying the plane at the time of the crash.