CHICAGO — A small plane crashed into a home on the city’s southwest side at about 2:45 Tuesday morning.
Police spokesman Ron Gaines says it was a single-engine plane and says the occupants of the home were not injured, but the pilot died, according to FOX 4 sister station WGN-TV.
Shortly after the crash, fire officials told local news outlets they were still searching for the plane’s pilot.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Corey told the Chicago Sun-Times the small cargo plane, an Aero Commander 50, had just departed from Midway International Airport on its way to Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling when the pilot reported engine problems and tried to return to Midway. The plane crashed about a quarter-mile from its departing runway.
The plane, with a tail number of N30MB, was registered to Central Airlines Inc. out of Fairway, Kansas, according to WMAQ-TV.
The FAA says the Aero Commander 500 was originally going to Chicago Executive Airport in Palwaukee, but the pilot changed the destination to Ohio State University airport before take-off.