UPDATE: Pilot Identified After Small Plane Crash in DeKalb County

UPDATE -- A Sycamore man is recovering after crashing his plane into a cornfield.

It happened shortly after he took off from the DeKalb airport this afternoon. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office says James Auman, 62, was the only person on board the plane when it went down just before 4 o'clock. First responders had to cut Auman out of the aircraft, which had flipped over onto its roof. Paramedics say Auman was still talking when he was airlifted to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. The plane is being described as an experimental aircraft that hadn't logged many flight miles.

“As it crossed over Rt. 38, witnesses saw a little bit of black smoke coming from the air craft. It lost power and tried to land in the field and when it hit the field it flipped over onto its roof," says Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie.

The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation.

DEKALB (WIFR) -- One person is hurt in a small plane crash in DeKalb County.

The FAA says it happened around 3:50 this afternoon half a mile south of DeKalb on Route 38.

We have a reporter on the way to the scene and will have more information when it becomes available.


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