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Pilot injured in small-plane crash near DeKalb Airport

Updated: December 12, 2012 8:28AM

A pilot from Sycamore was hurt but conscious after his plane crashed in a field just south of DeKalb Airport on Tuesday afternoon.

James L. Auman, 62, was trapped inside the single-engine airplane when it crashed about 3:45 p.m. near Route 38 just east of Weber Road, about a quarter-mile south of DeKalb Airport, authorities said.

Firefighters from nearby DeKalb and Cortland cut him out of the wreck, DeKalb County Sheriff’s police said. Auman was alert and able to communicate with paramedics.

The aircraft, a T-51 Mustang, was registered to Auman, who also was named as the plane’s maker, according to Federal Aviation Administration records and spokesman Tony Molinaro.

Auman, of Sycamore, was airlifted to Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford after the crash.

Authorities could not say Tuesday night what caused the crash. The FAA, National Transportation Safety Board and DeKalb Sheriff’s police will continue to investigate.

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