Pilot dead in small plane crash near Rockford

June 26, 2012

The plane crashed in a cornfield. Firefighters extinguished flames around the wreckage.

An emergency dispatcher for the Ogle County Sheriff's Office confirmed crews began searching for a plane about 8 a.m. that may have lost contact with the communications tower at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport.

The pilot and only occupant of the plane was killed in the accident, FAA spokesman Elizabeth Cory said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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