Pilot dead after plane crashes into house near Chicago's Midway Airport

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Police and fire officials walk near a small twin-engine cargo plane that crashed into a home on Chicago's southwest side early Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The Aero Commander 500 that had taken off from Midway International Airport slammed into the front of the home and plunged into the basement. Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says two occupants of the home were unhurt. The pilot was killed in the crash. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
The wreckage of a small twin-engine cargo plane lies where the aircraft crashed into a home on Chicago's southwest side early Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The Aero Commander 500 that had taken off from Midway International Airport when it slammed into the front of the home and plunged into the basement. Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says two occupants of the home were unhurt. The pilot was killed in the crash. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
A small cargo plane crashed into a home near Midway Airport Tuesday. 
Firefighters respond after a small cargo plane crashed into a home near Midway Airport Tuesday. 
Firefighters respond after a small cargo plane crashed into a home near Midway Airport Tuesday. 
A small cargo plane crashed into a home near Chicago's Midway Airport Tuesday. 
Aerial images show the small cargo plane that crashed into a home near Chicago's Midway Airport Tuesday. 
A small cargo plane crashed into a home near Chicago's Midway Airport Tuesday. 
A small cargo plane crashed into a home near Chicago's Midway Airport Tuesday. 
A resident of the Chicago neighbor where a small cargo plane crashed into a home near Tuesday says she could hear the plane coming in and then a loud crash. 
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By RYAN GORMAN

A pilot is dead after his small plane crashed into a home just shy of the runway at Chicago's Midway International Airport.

The turboprop aircraft went down around 2:45 a.m., sources told WBBM. It nosedived into the living room of two-story home.

The plane's original flight plan called for it to land at Chicago Executive Airport, in Wheeling, according to the station, but it then abruptly changed course for Ohio State University Airport, in Columbus, Ohio.

The pilot was the only person in the plane when it crashed, authorities told WLS.

It is not clear what caused the crash, but authorities told WBBM that he indicated having engine problems while trying to return to Midway.

Images from the scene show half the plane inside the home with the tail end sticking up in the air.

"The house shook. It wasn't a big boom noise," neighbor Robin Vrablic told WBBM.

"It just shook the ground, and the chandelier had shaken, or something, so we went out the front, and went down there, and I was astounded that it took the whole front of that house out."

An elderly couple inside the home when the plane hit was miraculously uninjured, authorities said. No one else on the ground was injured either.

Neighbor Luz Cazares, 62, told WLS she dragged the woman to safety, her husband escaped on his own.

"I walked to the back of the yard, I jumped the fence. I opened the back door of the kitchen and I took (the woman) outside," she said.

Another neighbor told WBBM the couple was okay but dazed.

Their son, Rick Rolinskas, told WBBM they planned to soon renovate the home.

"Sad to say, she always wanted to remodel the house," he explained. "It's not the way to do it. I just feel so bad for the pilot, and the family. It's a terrible thing."

The airport is tucked into a mostly residential community with houses on nearly all sides, including each end of the main runways.

Previous incidents have seen planes skid off the runway onto residential streets in icy conditions.

Small Plane Crashes Into Home Near Chicago Airport

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