FORD HEIGHTS, Ill. (WLS) — A small plane crashed in south suburban Ford Heights Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a single-engine Glasair III crashed under unknown circumstances. The aircraft struck a light pole and hit a vehicle on the ground before coming to rest in an embankment, FAA said.
The one unit small aircraft crashed into a wooded area off of Lincoln Highway just west of I-394 around 5:09 p.m., according to Illinois State Police.
Sources tell ABC7 that the pilot was a 70-year-old man from the southwest suburbs. He is currently going under emergency surgery at the University of Chicago hospital, sources add.
The northbound and southbound ramp to Lincoln Highway were closed at approximately 5:50 p.m. for the investigation, state police said.
First responders remained on the scene as of 6 p.m. State police said the investigation is still underway and no further information is available at this time. FAA will also continue its investigation