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Cargo Plane Plunges Into Chicago Couple’s Home

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Police and fire officials walk near a small twin-engine cargo plane that crashed into a home on Chicago's southwest side early Tuesday. M. Spencer Green / AP

Police and fire officials walk near a small twin-engine cargo plane that crashed into a home on Chicago's southwest side early Tuesday. The Aero Commander 500 that had taken off from Midway International Airport slammed into the front of the home and plunged into the basement. Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner Michael Fox said two occupants of the home were unhurt as the plane missed them by eight inches.

The pilot, who has not yet been publicly identified, was killed in the crash. He departed from Midway International Airport at about 2:30 a.m. and soon after reported engine problems. He was attempting to return to the airport when he went down, FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Corey said.