The pilot dies after unable to escape burning planes that went up in flames after being thrown from the runway at the Illinois airport
- A twin-engine King Air 200 aircraft with two propellers caught fire at Chicago's Rockford International Airport Thursday
- The pilot was about to take off when his plane slid off Runway One and a fire broke out
- Authorities said the pilot, who was only one on board, could not escape the plane because it was engulfed in flames
- Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash
The pilot of a private plane has died after the plane ran off the runway and caught fire before takeoff.
The incident occurred around 3:40 p.m. at Chicago's Rockford International Airport in Illinois, about 90 miles from Chicago.
The aircraft was a small twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air 200 aircraft with two propellers that could carry up to 12 passengers. The pilot was the only person on board at the time of the crash.
Just minutes after the pilot started taxiing off the runway, rescue workers were notified that an aircraft was on fire, CBS 2 TV reported.
The above image shows the charred wreckage of a small plane that caught fire while taxiing from a runway at Chicago's Rockford International Airport on Thursday
The aircraft, which can carry up to 12 passengers, was completely gutted by the fire. The pilot who died after unable to escape was the only person on board
The plane caught fire shortly before the start of Runway One at Chicago Rockford International Airport on Thursday
"First and foremost, we expand our thoughts and prayers to the individual on board and the family," said airport manager Mike Dunn.
"We would also like to thank all of the first responders who were on site and who helped with the effort."
Dunn's deputy Michelle Cassaro said firefighters managed to put out the flames within 10 minutes.
"Our crews reacted very quickly and we are happy with their response," said Cassaro.
The pilot was unable to escape the burning aircraft, authorities told the Rockford Register Star.
Firefighters ran to the scene to put out the fire. Pictures from the runway show parts of the aircraft that are scattered in the immediate vicinity of the cabin.
After the flames were extinguished on Thursday, investigators and firefighters are on site
Airport officials said the fire was extinguished within 10 minutes after first responders received an emergency report
A piece of the tail can be seen at the top of the Rockford wreck on Thursday
The Federal Aviation Administration was called in to investigate the cause of the crash
The Federal Aviation Administration announced that it is investigating the cause of the crash.
There were no other people on board the aircraft, which can accommodate up to 12 passengers.
The Beechcraft Super King Air 200 series, now simply known as King Air after the "Super" was deleted from its name in 1996, was first used in 1974 in civil aviation.
It is an aircraft powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-41 turboprop engines with a shaft output of 850 hp each.
The Beechcraft Super King Air 200 series, now simply known as King Air after the "Super" was deleted from its name in 1996, was first used in civil aviation in 1974. The above picture is a photo of the airplane
The King Air can reach an altitude of 35,000 feet and carry a maximum takeoff and landing weight of 12,500 pounds.
With a full tank, he can fly 1,490 nautical miles between take-off and landing.
The company ended production of the Model 200 in 1981. There are a total of 702 King Air 200 aircraft.
Chicago Rockford, located in Winnebago County just a few miles south of the city of Rockford and about 90 miles north of the Windy City, is the third busiest airport in Illinois after O'Hare and Midway.
The airport was used as a hub for the package delivery company UPS.
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