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One dead, one taken to hospital after ultralight crash in Fox River

Updated: June 24, 2014 12:40PM

A Chicago man was killed and another person injured when an ultralight aircraft crashed into the Fox River late Monday in Dayton.

The LaSalle County Sheriff’s office received a call about the crash about 10:30 p.m. Monday, but authorities believe the crash occurred an hour or 90 minutes earlier, according to Sgt. Kevin Swierkosz. The aircraft was found in the river near the Dayton Dam.

After an overnight search, Jeffrey A. Carpenter, 50, of Chicago, was pulled from the river and pronounced dead at the scene at 7:05 a.m. Tuesday, according to the LaSalle County Coroner’s office.

The pilot of the vehicle, Nicholas Peterson of Arizona, told authorities he experienced engine problems which caused the craft to crash into the river, according to the coroner’s office. He was taken to OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa and is expected to survive. No other details on his condition were available.

LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton said the aircraft is believed to be a three-wheeled “ultra-glide” aircraft. Authorities will wait until it’s safe to recover the aircraft from the river.

“We’re not going to risk anyone’s life to recover it,” Templeton said. “They did an incredible job doing what they did.”

The FAA is expected to inspect the aircraft later Tuesday, according to the coroner’s office.

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