Flying Fortress crashes in field outside Chicago

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A Second World War bomber made an emergency landing in a cornfield outside Chicago on Monday, with all seven people on board escaping before it was destroyed by fire. The accident happened just after the B-17 Flying Fortress took off from the Aurora Municipal Airport.

The pilot reported a fire shortly after taking off, said Marty Kunkle, a local emergency official. "He attempted to make a return to the airport, but couldn't make it so he put it down in a corn field," he told the Chicago Sun-Times.