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Small plane crashes on street in suburban Chicago, killing 2 aboard aircraft

| Saturday, March 10, 2007

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A small plane crashed on a city street Friday evening in suburban Chicago, killing two people who were on the plane, authorities said.

There were no initial reports of any injuries on the ground, said Elizabeth Isham Cory, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

It did not appear that the plane hit any people, cars or buildings.

The crash left much of the twin-engine Beechcraft Baron's wreckage on four-lane Calumet Avenue. One of the plane's propellers ended up in the middle of the street, several feet away from the fuselage.

The crash site is within a mile of the Lansing Municipal Airport in Lansing, Ill.

Cory said she did not immediately have information about the plane's travel route. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were planning to investigate.

The plane appeared to have crashed nose-first near a business parking lot and then bounced, police Sgt. Steven Kovacik said. Visibility was limited at the time of the crash because of light rain in the area, Kovacik said.

The crash happened near a fitness center in what is largely a business and warehouse area.

"There are kids playing basketball, there's ball games in here, people working out," bystander Doug Decker said outside the fitness center. "It's not even a hundred feet from the building, so it could have been worse."

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