2 dead in fiery plane crash at Illinois airport

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January 2, 2009 09:01

 
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Two passengers died late Thursday when an airplane crashed at a regional airport in suburban Chicago, officials said. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says there were two fatalities and "an aircraft that burned" in the crash at Joliet Regional Airport late Thursday. The crash occurred at about 9 p.m. under clear skies, Joliet Park District executive director Dominic Egizio said. The district operates the airport. Joliet police told The Herald-News newspaper of Joliet that the plane burst into flames as it was landing and that a man and woman, likely a couple, were killed. The Chicago Tribune reported the plane departed Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

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