Small plane lands in field near Aurora Airport, FAA says

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SUGAR GROVE, Ill. -- A small plane landed in a cornfield shortly after departing the Aurora Airport, according to the FAA.  The pilot and his wife walked away uninjured.

The landing happened just after 7 a.m. Friday in a cornfield on Dugan Road just north of US-30, on the northwest side of the airport.

The couple from Geneva were on their way to Arizona when the plane went down.

Kane County Lt. Pat Gengler said they're lucky the plane missed power lines before landing.

"If he clipped those power lines or this was another direction where there were houses, it could've been a lot worse.  The fact that the plane went down, two people in it walked away from it, I think that it speaks to some skills of the pilot," said Gengler.

It took some time to locate the plane and the couple.  The Sugar Grove cornfields haven't been harvested, making it difficult to spot the plane.

Firefighters raised the ladder from a Fire Truck, which the couple saw.  The couple used their cell phone to guide the rescuers to their location.  Firefighters on an ATV drove into the cornfields, and brought the couple out.

It's not clear yet why the pilot made the emergency landing.

The NTSB will investigate, which is standard procedure.



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