WWII bomber crash lands in Illinois

A WWII bomber plane crashed and caught fire in far west suburban Oswego Monday morning, June 13, 2011. (Chopper 7 HD image)

June 13, 2011 4:00:18 PM PDT
A WWII bomber plane crashed and caught fire near a Chicago suburb Monday morning. No one was injured.

Seven people were onboard the plane. Officials say they all walked away from the crash near Minkler Road and Route 71.

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was at Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove to mark the 67th anniversary of D-Day. The bomber, which was grounded over the weekend due to mechanical problems, took off from Aurora Municipal Airport at 9:30 a.m. Monday and crash landed shortly after.

Sugar Grove Fire Chief Marty Kunkel said his department received a call that the plane had a fire in the cockpit and was trying to come back when they made an emergency landing in a field.

"We were notified by the FAA tower that the plane contacted them. We were automatically dispatched. All of our information came from the FAA tower," Chief Kunkel said. He said the fire is in the jurisdiction of the Oswego Fire Department.

ABC 7 news partner The Daily Herald profiled the plane and D-Day event over the weekend.

The restored B-17, called "Liberty Belle," is owned by Liberty Foundation, libertyfoundation.org.

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