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A Cargo Plane Crashed Into A Chicago Home This Morning

By Chuck Sudo in News on Nov 18, 2014 3:30PM

A small cargo plane crashed into a home near Midway Airport shortly after takeoff early this morning.

The plane was originally en route to Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling, but the pilot amended his flight plan to go to Ohio State University. The pilot reported engine trouble shortly after takeoff and crashed into a bungalow on the 6500 block of South Knox Avenue around 2:45 a.m. The pilot was killed while the elderly couple who lived in the home were unharmed and able to exit their home with the assistance of a neighbor.

The couple, both in their 80s, are lucky to have survived. The plane crashed into the living room and basement of their home, while the tail rested on an adjacent home. According to ABC 7, the couple was standing in the hallway outside their bedroom when the plane crashed. The couple's son, Rick Rolinskas, said they both suffer from Alzheimer's disease.

The scene is roped off while crews remove the wreckage and investigate, while the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is on the scene to investigate a possible jet fuel spill that could enter the water system.