June 19, 2007

Investigators looking into Lansing crash

An investigation is ongoing as officials try to determine what caused a single-engine plane to go down in Lansing on Saturday night.

The 41-year-old pilot from Flossmoor was airlifted to St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields with a possible broken arm and was complaining of chest pains, a trooper with Illinois State Police said.

According to a witness, the plane took off from Lansing Municipal Airport and the engine immediately began to sputter, the trooper said. About 8:15 p.m., the plane descended toward the Lansing Country Club and clipped a tree before landing on the grounds of the club.

Authorities said he was practicing takeoffs and landings at the airport. A preliminary investigation reveals the pilot was the only person on the plane at the time.

The accident happened near 186th Street and Wentworth Avenue shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday.

By Duaa Eldeib Staff writer
Duaa Eldeib may be reached at deldeib@dailysouthtown.com or (708) 633-5960.
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