Updated 06/24/14 – 12:09 p.m.
OTTAWA, Ill. (CBS) — A Chicago man was killed, and an Arizona man was hospitalized, after their ultralight aircraft crashed Monday night in the middle of the Fox River near Ottawa.
Lake County Sheriff’s police said they got a call from the pilot — Nicholas Peterson, of Arizona — around 10:30 p.m., approximately 90 minutes after the aircraft crashed in the river. He had managed to swim to safety, but his passenger, 50-year-old Jeffrey Carpenter of Chicago, wasn’t able to get free from his harness, and went under the surface.
CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports the men took off from Skydive Chicago in Ottawa sometime Monday evening in an ultralight aircraft — either a paraglider or an ultraglider — which are commonly flown from that airfield.
Connie Reppine saw the aircraft flying overhead before the crash, and she immediately recognized the telltale sound of trouble.
“It was just like his engine was just making noises,” she said.