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Plane Crash In Chicago Suburb Near Crystal Lake

11/27/2011 06:51 AM ET

Plane Crash Chicago Crystal Lake - Plane Crash Chicago Crystal LakeFour people are dead this morning after a plane crash near northwest Chicago suburban Crystal Lake, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The aircraft crashed about 10:30 a.m. in a farm field near U.S. Route 14 and North Ridgefield Road in unincorporated McHenry County, officials said.

There was no information available about where the plane took off or where it was headed, said FAA officials, who also said the; the plane was operating on “visual flight rules.” There were four people on the plane; none have been officially identified.

The aircraft was a Cirrus-SR20, according to the FAA. Here are details on the aircraft from the manufacturers’ website.

The FAA is on the scene investigating whether rules of flight were followed, if the pilot was licensed and if the plane was properly maintained and register, officials said.

Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Lt. Dan Grischow said he could not confirm reports of four people dead but said the McHenry county coroner’s office has been called to the scene. He declined to say how many people were aboard the plane but confirmed no one on the ground was injured. “Crews are still on the scene,” the lieutenant said.

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