UPDATE: Plane Crash at Chicago Rockford Airport

Small plane reportedly missed came down short of runway. Injuries reported.

ROCKFORD - UPDATE (7:45pm):  Four people were hurt when a King Air turbo prop plane crashed at the Chicago-Rockford Airport at around 6pm Monday night.

The plane crashed short of the airport property as it attempted to land on Runway 25 from an unknown destination.  The plane may have clipped a tree, then rammed through an exterior fence and ended up on airport property, ripping off the tail section of the aircraft.

Two passengers had to be extricated from the plane with serious injuries, one who was unconscious but reportedly regained consciousness in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.  A third person was walking outside the aircraft but injured and transported.  A fourth person on the plane was escorted out and also transported with more minor injuries.

Conditions were very windy at the time, but airport officials cannot say whether it was wind, a mechanical problem or potentially pilot error.  They would not say whether there were any emergency transmissions prior to the crash.

The airport will fully reopen just after 8pm, and officials say delays were minimal.  Falcon road will remain closed.

NTSB investigators are on their way to the airport.


A King Air twin engine plane has crashed at the Chicago-Rockford Airport near the intersection of Falcon and Samuelson Road.

Preliminary radio reports from paramedics at the scene indicate that at least two people were seriously hurt, one a 17-year-old girl who was reportedly ejected from the aircraft.  Another passenger was reportedly found unresponsive at the scene but is now conscious.

Our crew on the scene says others were also taken from the scene by ambulance.  We are expecting an update on injuries from the Rockford Fire Department shortly.

Images from the scene show a plane which appears to be a corporate jet which has split in two with heavy damage to its tail section, but no sign of fire.

A multi-box alarm has been called out for mutual aid for several fire departments.


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