Tuesday morning, a small plane crashed into a Chicago home, not harming the two residents of the house. The plane was a single-engine cargo plane that had a problem shortly after takeoff. The pilot reported the problem to air traffic control, but unfortunately he didn’t manage to avoid crashing the plane into the Chicago home.
What is striking about this unfortunate situation is the fact that the pilot of the small plane is still nowhere to be found. The small plane crashed at around 2:45 am, according to police spokesperson, Ron Gaines. He revealed that the occupants of the Chicago home where the small plane crashed were not injured.
Gaines also declared that the fire officials are still searching for the pilot, who is believed to be the only person aboard the small plane. The reason the pilot hasn’t been found yet may be because of the building being considered unsafe to enter, keeping firefighters out of it.
Elizabeth Corey, the Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson, revealed that the small cargo plane that crashed into a Chicago home was an Aero Commander 50. The plane crashed very close from its departing runway, the Midway International Airport. It final destination was the Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling. Soon after takeoff, the pilot reported engine issues and tried to turn back the plane, but didn’t succeed and instead the small plane crashed into a home.
Luz Cazares, a man who lives next to where the accident took place told the Chicago Tribune:
A big part of the airplane was in their living room. I jumped the fence and knocked on the back door of the kitchen. I thought they were dead.
Another neighbor, Jocelyn Mejia, revealed to the newspaper:
It’s crazy. It’s right down the street. I didn’t think anything like that would happen, even living by the airport. We were really lucky. Everyone here is really lucky.
The Aero Commander 50 belongs to the Central Airlines Inc., a company based in Fairway, Kansas. Federal officials don’t know yet what caused the plane to crash but they are investigating and are hoping to come up with an answer soon.