Plane crash in Busse Woods: Pilot OK after craft goes down near O'Hare, Elk Grove Village PD says

ByTre Ward and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Saturday, September 9, 2023
Plane crashes in Busse Woods Forest Preserve
A plane crash in Busse Woods of a King Air 200 near O'Hare did not result in fatalities, according to Elk Grove Village police.

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. (WLS) -- A small plane crashed in Busse Woods near O'Hare Friday evening, Elk Grove Village police said.

Police said the plane was a corporate Beechcraft King Air 200 and the pilot was able to walk away. It was not immediately known why the plane crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration released a statement confirming the crash and said the pilot was the only person on board. No fatalities were reported, but witnesses said the pilot was injured.

Police said the pilot was flying from Iowa and was on his way to O'Hare Airport. Instead, his plane crashed about three miles west in Busse Woods Forest Preserve.

"There was a couple riding their bikes past us. They told us there's a guy in a plane coming down. I'm like no way. So, I kind of disregarded it until we heard a boom," said Wiktor Kurzawa, witness.

People who heard the crash rushed over to help the pilot after he escaped the wreckage.

"He seemed like he was in shock. I asked him what his name was, and he was responsive. But, his head was covered in blood and I was just trying to make sure that he was staying active, so that he wasn't passing out or anything," said Isaiah Grass, witness.

The pilot is expected to be OK. What caused the crash was not immediately known.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will also investigate the crash, with the NTSB leading.