Small Plane Goes Down Near Aurora Airport
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UPDATED 07/25/12 1:44 p.m.
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (CBS) — A small plane went down at the Aurora Municipal Airport Wednesday morning, ending up in a cornfield at the end of a runway.
Aurora city spokesman Dan Ferrelli said in a statement that a pilot attempted to take off in the single-engine aircraft shortly after 9 a.m.
CBS 2’s Kris Habermehl reports the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza apparently failed to gain altitude, and went down in the cornfield.
The pilot and a second person were uninjured, Ferrelli said. The pilot, Dan Bagget, of Mountain View Calif., and his passenger, Rod Kenner, of Walnut Creek Calif., were on the way to the air show in Oshkosh, Wis. They were going to continue their trip by car.
Kane County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler says while the plane is still in one piece, it’s pretty thoroughly bent and they don’t anticipate fixing it.
The standing corn in the field is almost 6 feet tall, making it very difficult to see the incident from any nearby roadway.
No fire seemed to result from the crash, he said.
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