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Plane lands along I-88; pilot suffers minor injuries

A plane crash on Interstate 88 delayed traffic and sent one person to the hospital Monday afternoon.

The experimental aircraft crash-landed in the median, striking a pickup truck along the way, authorities said.

The 1982 Knight-Wilcox Varieze, a fixed-wing, single-engine two-seater, had taken off from Waukegan National Airport heading to Aurora. It began reporting engine trouble shortly after takeoff, according to a news release from the Illinois State Police.

At 4:01 p.m., the pilot of the plane attempted an emergency landing on the median on I-88 near the border between DeKalb and Kane counties. On the way down, it clipped a GMC Canyon, according to the news release.

The pilot suffered injuries that were not life threatening, according to the news release, and was taken by Kaneville fire crews to a local hospital. The driver of the truck was not injured, and the truck sustained minor damage.

Authorities on-site were unsure of what caused the plane to crash near mile marker No. 102. Police did not identify the pilot, but online records indicate the aircraft is owned by Joseph Dougherty of Wheaton.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified, according to the news release. The crash still is under investigation. Westbound lanes temporarily were closed.

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