CORTLAND, Ill. — A small plane with two people on board crashed near DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport on Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to WGN News.
A single-engine Cessna 177 crashed in a field around 12:30 p.m. in the 200 block of W. Lincoln Highway in Cortland. The two occupants, which police said were adult males, were reportedly conscious and speaking while being pulled from the mangled aircraft.
Both were transported to Northwestern Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb with unknown injuries.
According to online records obtained by WGN News, the plane is registered to a flight club out of Evansville, Indiana.
Assistant Chief of Cortland Fire Department Mark Hedrick said the plane was in pretty bad shape but it was not the first crash he’s seen occur in the area.
“Maybe about seven years ago, we had another plane go down, and then this spring, we had a plane crash, and they lost an engine and also landed in a field just east of town,” Hedrick said.
SkyCam9 flew above the scene.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. Cortland police and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office were first to the scene.