Small plane’s pilot dead after crash into home near Chicago’s Midway Airport

Two homeowners were safe but the pilot of a small plane was killed Tuesday morning when the aircraft went down into a home on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

The small cargo plane, an Aero Commander 500, had just departed from Midway when the pilot reported engine problems and tried to return to Midway, according to FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Corey.

“He did not make it to the field. It looks he just went down just short of 31 Center,” an air traffic controller is heard saying on a recording obtained via

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The plane went down about a quarter-mile from its departing runway at 2:42 a.m., into a house near West 65th Street and South Knox Avenue. It crashed through the front of the building, through the living and dining rooms and into the basement, fire officials said.

Part of the plane was resting on the roof of a home to the south of the damaged home.

The man and woman who lived in the home were not injured, authorities said. Two homes near the site of the crash were evacuated for precaution.

Jocelyn Mejia, 24, who lives down the block from the crash, said she went outside to see what happened after hearing the sound of a plane and then a loud boom.

Investigators from the FAA and the NTSB will investigate the crash, Corey said.

The twin, piston-engine airplane, with a tail number of N30MB, was registered to Central Airlines Inc. out of Fairway, Kansas.

A dispatcher with the company said “we are cooperating with the investigation into the Chicago plane crash.”


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