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Plane Crash in Chicago Crystal Lake

Plane Crash in Chicago Crystal Lake - Four people from out of state were killed this morning when a plane crashed near northwest suburban Crystal Lake. The single-engine aircraft crashed about 10:30 a.m. in a farm field near U.S. Hwy. 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 plane was operating on "visual flight rules" and was not in touch with air traffic control. The victims are two men and two women who all appear to be age 18 or older, according to McHenry County Deputy Coroner Curt Bradshaw. “They have not been positively identified,’’ Bradshaw said Saturday evening. “We only have presumptive identities.’’ Bradshaw said the victims are not from Illinois and authorities are trying to reach their family members, who are also out of state. They were all pronounced dead on the scene and autopsies are scheduled for Monday, according to Bradshaw. At the earliest, their names will be released Monday, according to the sheriff's office. The aircraft was a Cirrus-SR20, according to the FAA. Here are details on the aircraft from the manufacturers' website. The aircraft's tail number was listed as N223CD and it was registered to the Marion Pilots Club Inc., based out of Marion, Ind., according to the FAA. 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 registered, officials said. The National Transportation Safety Board is heading the investigation. Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Lt. Dan Grischow said no one on the ground was injured. The Lord and Savior Lutheran Church and School, 9300 N. Ridgefield Rd., is across the street from the crash scene. A spokesman for the preschool through eighth grade school who did not want to be identified said the plane had "disintegrated"and that "the only thing really visible is a parachute that is struck in the tree line that is sort of hanging over part of the scene." Plane Crash in Chicago Crystal Lake

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