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Pilot dies after King Air 200 plane slides off runway and goes up in flames at Illinois airport

Pilot dies after King Air 200 twin-engine plane slides off runway and goes up in flames at Illinois airport

  • King Air 200 twin-prop twin-engine airliner caught fire at Chicago airport
  • Pilot taxied out of the runway and set off when a fire broke out on board
  • Authorities said the pilot was unable to escape the plane because it was engulfed in flames
  • The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating the cause of the crash

The pilot of a small King Air 200 twin-engine twin-engine airliner taxiing off a runway at a Chicago airport was killed on Thursday after the plane caught fire.

The incident took place around 3:40 PM at Runway One at Chicago Rockford International Airport.

Just minutes after the pilot began taxiing the runway, rescuers were informed that a plane was on fire, CBS 2 TV reported.

The above image shows the charred wreckage of a small plane that caught fire on Thursday while taxiing off a runway at Chicago Rockford International Airport.

The above image shows the charred wreckage of a small plane that caught fire on Thursday while taxiing off a runway at Chicago Rockford International Airport.

The pilot was unable to escape the burning plane, according to authorities.

Firefighters ran to the scene to put out the fire. Runway images show pieces of the aircraft strewn in the immediate vicinity of the cabin.

Investigators and firefighters are on the scene after the flames were extinguished on Thursday

Investigators and firefighters are on the scene after the flames were extinguished on Thursday

Investigators and firefighters are on the scene after the flames were extinguished on Thursday

Part of the tail can be seen atop the wreck site in Rockford on Thursday

Part of the tail can be seen atop the wreck site in Rockford on Thursday

Part of the tail can be seen atop the wreck site in Rockford on Thursday

The Federal Aviation Administration was called to the scene to investigate the cause of the crash

The Federal Aviation Administration was called to the scene to investigate the cause of the crash

The Federal Aviation Administration was called to the scene to investigate the cause of the crash

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced that it is investigating the cause of the crash.

There were no other people on board the plane, which can accommodate up to 12 passengers.

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