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Small plane crashes into home in Chicago suburb; pilot killed

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JOLIET, Ill. — A small plane has crashed into a home in a Chicago suburb, killing the pilot, the Chicago Tribune reported.

A small plane crashed into a home in a Chicago suburb on July 21, 2016. (Twitter/@JCZEN123)

A small plane crashed into a home in a Chicago suburb on July 21, 2016. (Twitter/@JCZEN123)

The crash happened around 11 a.m. on Thursday in Joliet, Ill. when the plane hit the house and caused it to catch on fire.

Authorities believe the fuel tank ruptured when the plane hit the street and ignited a fire that spread to a house to the north, Joliet Deputy Fire Chief Ray Randich said at a news conference Thursday.

Local police told the Tribune that the pilot, who has not been identified, was killed in the crash. There were no reports of injuries on the ground, according to Federal Aviation Adminstration spokesperson Tony Molinaro.

Firefighters responded to the scene of the crash and put out the fire.

Witnesses told PIX11 sister station WGN they saw something falling from the plane and then an explosion before the crash occurred.

WGN’s aerial video of the crash site showed a damaged house and plane parts littering the street and neighboring yards. The plane’s engine was also spotted from the aerial view about a half-mile away from the crash site.

Joliet is located about 40 miles southwest of Chicago.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

A small plane crashed into a home in a Chicago suburb on July 21, 2016. (WGN)

A small plane crashed into a home in a Chicago suburb on July 21, 2016. (WGN)