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No injuries after small plane crash-lands near Grayslake airport

A pilot was uninjured after making an emergency crash landing short of the runway at Campbell Airport in Grayslake on Sunday.

The Grayslake Fire Protection District, Round Lake Fire Protection District, and Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded at 5:50 p.m. Sunday to a report of a plane crash at the Campbell Airport, 22733 West Townline Road in Grayslake.

When first responders arrived they found a 1979 single-engine Cessna that had crash landed and skidded through a cornfield 100 to 150 feet short of the runway. The plane was flying from Pierre, South Dakota to Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling but attempted to make an emergency landing at Campbell Airport after the pilot, who lives in Cary, said he was experiencing engine trouble.

Firefighters said that the pilot was not injured. There was a small fuel spill that was mitigated and the scene was turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Lake County Sheriff’s Office for investigation.


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