(CBS) — A pilot is dead in the crash of a single-engine plane in a DuPage County forest preserve.
The fatality was confirmed by the chief of the DuPage County Forest Preserve Police, Tom Wakolbinger.
Wakolbinger says he’s told the 4-seater Cessna 172 fueled up in Schaumburg and crashed into a large open grass field in the forest preserve not far from Bartlett and just northeast of DuPage Airport.
A nearby resident called Bartlett Police at about 3:50 p.m. reporting that she heard a loud crash and saw smoke in the area, officials said.
The plane reportedly had rudder problems before crashing Friday afternoon. Chopper 2 flew over the scene, which showed wreckage spread across a grassy area. Emergency officials were combing the site for debris.
Federal authorities are investigating.