One man was killed and another seriously injured Sunday when their single-engine plane crashed near a southwest suburban Romeoville airport.
The plane crashed around 2:30 p.m. at St. Charles Barromeo Pastoral Center near the intersection of Airport Road and Route 53. The plane had reportedly taken off from the airport and experienced engine problems.
The pilot was returning to the airport when the plane struck some trees and crashed.
The men were trapped inside the plane and were conscious when emergency crews arrived on the scene. Firefighters had to use extrication equipment to get the men out of the wreckage. Both were taken by ambulance to the airport, then flown to two area hospitals by helicopter.
It’s believed Victor Pantaleo, 68, of Darien was piloting the plane. He died about two hours after the crash at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.