A single-engine aircraft fell to the ground shortly after takeoff today in Aurora with no reported injuries, officials said.
According to an e-mailed press release from Dan Ferrelli, the director-public information for the City of Aurora, the plane took off just after 9 a.m. from the Aurora Municipal Airport, "did not gain altitude," and came to the ground in a cornfield at the end of the runway.
According to an e-mailed press release from Lt. Pat Gengler of the Kane County Sheriff's Office, neither of the plane's two passengers, Pilot Dan Bagget, 66 of Mountain View, Calif., and co-pilot Rod Kenner, 65, of Walnut Creek, Calif., were injured.
In the Kane County press release,
Gengler described the landing as a "controlled crash" and said the plane sustained considerable damage.