Four people are recovering following a plane crash Monday evening at Chicago Rockford International Airport. Two of the people in the plane had to be extricated, including the pilot. All of the injured, including two minors, were taken to local hospitals. Rockford was the plane’s final destination.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the cause of the crash.
The plane apparently clipped the fencing surrounding the airport before it hit the ground. Rockford Deputy Fire Chief Brian Kunce told the media that the plane “bounced over the road through the fence, the perimeter fence of the airport, and that’s where they landed.” The tail end of the plane had broken off and split into two, according to witnesses.
Officials said at about 6 p.m. Monday the six-passenger twin-engine C-90 King Air aircraft was coming in for a landing when it crashed just short of airport property but landed on airport grounds. The cause of the crash may not be known for months.