rises from a plane crash in Plainfield, Ill., Thursday, July
— A small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in a
northern Illinois city Thursday morning, killing the pilot and
torching the side of a home.
Although it was
initially unclear how many were aboard the aircraft, the pilot was
killed, Joliet City Manager Jim Hock said, adding that it was
"very fortunate" no other injuries resulted from the
believe the fuel tank ruptured when the plane hit the street and
ignited a fire that spread to a house to the north, Joliet Deputy
Fire Chief Ray Randich said at a news conference.
happened in Plainfield, which is next to Joliet, and the Joliet
Fire Department responded to the scene.
Ed Malinowski of
the National Transportation Safety Board says the Piper PA30 took
off from Florida, landed in Tennessee and was headed for
Wisconsin. The pilot's name hasn't been released.
Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro said the agency has sent a
team to the crash site to determine the type of aircraft involved
in the crash and gather information that will be passed on to the
NTSB. The agency will lead the investigation and determine the
cause of the crash.
video showed fire and structural damage to the home and parts of a
small plane scattered in a street and in the lawn and driveway of
Daniel said she was the only one inside when the crash happened.
She said a decision to watch television in the family room rather
than take a nap in her bedroom probably saved her life.
some loud noises coming down the street that sounded like very
loud backfiring from a vehicle or a motorcycle, and it continued
to get louder," Daniel told WLS-TV. "I heard some
skidding and then all of a sudden my dining room wall blew out and
flames were already in the house."
Daniel said she
and her beagle escaped through the garage before half the house
went up in flames.
about 40 miles southwest of Chicago.