Geneva man and his wife were unhurt early Friday after the man landed his small plane in a cornfield shortly after takeoff from the Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove.
Kane County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Pat Gengler said Edward Bonifas, 58, and his wife Carmella Bonifas, 65, were in the plane.
He said Edward Bonifas took off about 7 a.m. Friday and developed some kind of problem with the aircraft almost immediately. He managed to get the plane up over some utility wires, and then land in the middle of a cornfield west of Dugan Road and south of Scott Road.
“He went up and over,” Gengler said.
The pilot and his wife were on their way to Arizona, he added, flying a twin-engine, propeller Piper Seneca.
The pilot was able to communicate with first responders with his cell phone, according to a press release from the Kane County Sheriff’s Department.
Initially first responders were not able to locate the plane because it was obscured by the tall corn in the field, according to the release. An Aurora Fire Department ladder truck was used to get a view from above the field.
Fire Department personnel were still not able to see the plane, but Bonifas could see the ladder truck. He ultimately directed fire personnel using an all-terrain vehicle how to get to him.
Both the pilot and his wife were checked out by paramedics and released at the scene.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Saftey Board are conducting an investigation into the exact cause of the crash.
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