Small Plane Flips, Crashes in Burbank Field

Sunday, Jun 19, 2011  |  Updated 11:08 AM CDT
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Four people survive a small plane crash near Midway Airport.

Four people survive a small plane crash near Midway Airport.

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State police and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating what caused a small plane to crash in a suburban field Saturday afternoon.

The Cessna 172-N was bound for Midway Airport, but went down near 77th and Narragansett in southwest suburban Burbank. The plane landed just short of some baseball diamonds in a busy state park. Police commended the pilot for putting the plane down in a field, and avoiding any injuries on the ground.

Four people were onboard the plane when it crashed and flipped over, injuring two children and an adult. They were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition. The pilot did not want to be hospitalized.

"Their injuries were minor," Bedford Park Fire Department Assistant Chief Wayne Hanson said. "They were fortunate."

The plane had a tail number of N172NT, according to the FAA. It was registered to a flight school in Chicago, which confirmed to WBBM that it was their plane.

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