ROCKFORD – A single-engine plane crashed in a northern Illinois cornfield, killing the only person aboard.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says the crash happened Tuesday morning several miles southeast of Chicago Rockford International Airport. Cory says the plane had taken off from DeKalb.
Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn says the pilot told controllers at Rockford's airport that he had smoke in his cockpit and that he planned an emergency landing. When the airport lost contact with him, the sheriff's department started a search.
Harn says the plane was fully engulfed in flames when he got to the scene.
According to registration information from the FAA, the plane is registered to a Monee resident.