Firefighters: Plane crashes in northern Illinois city


PLAINFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A small plane has crashed into a residential neighborhood in a northern Illinois city, torching the side of a home and leaving parts scattered in a street.

Joliet Deputy Fire Chief Ray Randich said at a news conference on Thursday that the crash happened in the morning.

He said authorities believe the fuel tank ruptured when the plane hit the street and ignited a fire that spread to a house to the north.

The crash happened in Plainfield, which is next to Joliet. The Joliet Fire Department responded to the scene.

Tony Molinaro with the Federal Aviation Adminstration said the crash happened at 11:15 a.m. and that there were no reports of injuries. It was unclear whether there were any deaths.

Aerial television video of the crash site showed that siding from that home was peeling from the structure and smoke rose from the inside.

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This story has been corrected to show that the crash happened in Plainfield, not Joliet.

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Joliet Fire Captain Jeff Allbert said crews are responding to the crash, assessing the scene and putting out a fire.

The captain said it was unclear whether the plane hit any structures or vehicles. The department is investigating the crash, but didn’t provide further details.

Aerial television video of the crash site showed broken plane parts in the street and in the yard and driveway of a home.

Across the street, the siding on one home was peeling from the structure as smoke rose from inside. Nearby fencing was destroyed and a tree was blackened.

Joliet is 40 miles southwest of Chicago.