The crash happened near the Crystal Lake Airport at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The Federal Aviation Administration has announced that they are investigating the incident to try and figure out what brought the plane down. It appears that four people on the plane that went down have died from their injuries.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the plane went down in a field near U.S. Rout 14 and North Ridgefield Road. As of this morning, there was no official information about where the plane was headed or where it had taken off. The four deceased people appear to be everyone who was on the plane.
The plane was flying under “visual flight rules.” The FAA has said that they are investigating if proper flight procedures were followed. The FAA are also investigating if the airplane had been properly maintained and if it was properly registered.
McHenry County officials said that they could not confirm that four people were dead. However, the McHenry County Coroner’s office had been called to the scene. Officials were able to confirm that no one on the ground was injured.
The airplane apparently was equipped with a parachute. Some models of private planes have a parachute that attaches to the top of the plane. What is supposed to happen is that when the plane gets into trouble, the chute can be deployed and the engines shut off so that the plane and its contents can float to the ground. There were reports, from witnesses near the scene, that this parachute had apparently been deployed. The chute was hanging over several trees near the accident site.