A single-engine plane bound for an airfield in West Chicago crashed shortly after take-off Thursday, killing the pilot and his daughter.
The private plane left Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport in Ohio just before 1 p.m. and was headed for the DuPage Airport in West Chicago when the pilot reported to the Federal Aviation Administration that a cargo door was open.
The pilot, Thomas Hausfeld, tried to return to the airport but crashed just short of the runway. He and his 21-year-old daughter, Kacie Hausfeld, were killed.
The family's neighbors say the pair were on their way to pick up Kacie's sister, Ali, when the Beechcraft Bonanze went down.
Kacie Hausfeld was a junior early childhood education major at the University of Dayton and a member of the women's volleyball team.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to Lori, Ali and the rest of the Hausfeld family," said volleyball coach Kelly Sheffield. "Obviously we are all in shock right now. Kacie’s kind-heartedness, sense of humor and can-do approach was one of a kind. We will always love her with all of our hearts. We lost two genuinely special people today and we are all hurting. All of us who know them will try our best to stick together through this."
The airport near the suburban city of Miamisburg, Ohio primarily serves corporate and personal aircraft.