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Plane crashes in Wheeling, narrowly misses apartments

Updated: June 26, 2013 12:01AM

A small plane missed a northwest suburban airport and crashed yards from a Wheeling apartment complex about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The pilot was trying to land at Chicago Executive Airport when the plane went down on Wolf Road, northwest of the airfield — just yards from the Foxboro Apartment complex, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro said.

The twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air 200 landed upright and was tangled in a tree about two blocks north of Hintz Road.

The pilot was not injured and was quickly whisked away by Wheeling Police.

No one on the ground was hurt, and no buildings were damaged, Molinaro said. The plane is registered to a limited liability company based in Clarksville, Tenn., according to FAA records.

Eleven year-old cousins Kayla Gaston and Jakaila Johnson watched as the plane approached on a southwest heading over the apartment complex.

“Normally those planes come over the lake, and come down, but we saw it wasn’t going to come down where it was supposed to,” Jakaila said. “We ran inside the house and screamed, ‘A plane crashed!’ . . . We thought it might blow up.”

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