Ultralight Crashes in Fox River; 1 Dead, 1 Hospitalized

Thursday, June 26, 2014
By George Hatcher

A two-seater ultralight aircraft crashed in the Fox River in Dayton, near Chicago, on June 23.

The pilot, Nicholas Peterson of Arizona, was able to survive the crash; he was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital, Ottawa for treatment. However, his passenger, identified as Jeffrey Carpenter, 50, of Chicago, died and his body was removed from the River next morning at about 6:45 a.m.

The pilot told the officials that the accident happened due to some engine problems in the aircraft.

According to Chief Mick Garrison of Marseilles Fire Protection District, the plane took off from the headquarters of Skydive Chicago, located nearby. He also said, “We believe it happened about 8:30 and the one individual was able to get out of the crash and he later called for help shortly after 10 [p.m.] or thereabouts.”

The FAA along with the sheriff’s office and coroner’s office are investigating the accident.

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