The plane was a Luscombe 8A. According to FAA representatives, the plane took off from the small airport and crashed just a few moments after its wheels left the ground. The plane ended up crashing next to a major highway.
It fell from the sky
According to witnesses the plane simply seemed to “fall from the sky.” When the plane hit the wing, situated on the top of the fuselage, dislodges from the aircraft. The plane flipped over and ended up on its roof.
Authorities released a statement to the media stating that they believed the pilot was a 66-yea-old man who is also believed to be from Chicago and not from Schaumburg. The body of the pilot was removed from the wreckage by the Schaumburg Fire Department. Identification of the body to the media is being withheld until notification of family.
A statement from the FAA, however, contradicts the Schaumburg authorities. Their statement says that the plane with the tail number of N71832 is registered to a man from Palatine, another northwestern suburb. What is currently unclear is if the man killed in the crash is the same man to whom the plane is registered.
The airport was still closed, as of the late afternoon. There was no damage to the runway or to the highway. No one one the ground was injured.