GARY, Ind. – Authorities say the pilot of a plane has died after crashing in Gary about a mile south of the Gary/Chicago International Airport.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said in a recorded statement that the single-engine Cirrus SR22 aircraft crashed Wednesday morning south of the airport bordering the Indiana Toll Road.
Cory said the person aboard was killed.
The plane had left Smyrna, Tenn., on Wednesday morning.
Lake County Coroner’s Office spokeswoman Jessica Metros said a coroner has been unable to access the crash site because hazardous materials are present.
Neighborhood resident Hattie James said the plane landed behind a fire station and a charter school.
Gary police spokesman Cpl. Gabrielle King describes the scene as “chaotic.”