January 5, 2010 (WHEELING, Ill.) (WLS) -- A Lear jet crashed into a heavily wooded area of the forest preserve near Wheeling on Tuesday afternoon.
Emergency responders are on foot trying to get to the small plane, which crashed into about four feet of water in the forest preserve. Authorities from several neighboring communities-- Wheeling, Mount Prospect and others-- have sent crews to the scene of the crash.
Nearby businesses say ambulances and fire trucks have been streaming toward the site, located near Euclid Avenue.
Small plane crashes near executive airport
The plane may be a cargo jet, according to published reports. Officials have not released the condition of the pilot.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the jet was in contact with Chicago Executive Airport, formerly known as Palwuakee Airport, when it lost communication and crashed.