DeKALB – A flight that started at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport on Tuesday had a fatal end when the pilot of a single-engine plane was killed in a crash just outside Rockford.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said the crash happened about 8 a.m., in a cornfield several miles southeast of Chicago Rockford International Airport. The identity of the pilot was not confirmed, but the plane was registered to a Monee man.
Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn said the pilot told controllers at Rockford’s airport that there was smoke in his cockpit and that he planned an emergency landing. When the airport lost contact with him, the sheriff’s office began a search.
Harn said the plane fully was engulfed in flames when he got to the scene. According to FAA records, the plane was a fixed-wing, single-engine Lancair 235M. The pilot was the only person on board the two-seat plane.
Cory said an investigation headed by the National Transportation Safety Board could take months or more than a year to complete.
DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport officials said no one saw the plane take off Tuesday morning, and they were still awaiting more information.
• The Associated Press contributed to this report