Plainfield Plane Crash: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A small plane crashed into a home in suburban Plainfield, Illinois, killing all on board. The crash occurred at around 11:15 a.m. local time on July 21. According to the FAA, there were no injuries on the ground. Plainfield Patch reports that the crash happened along the 1800 block of Hampton Court in the Brighton Lakes subdivision. The area is around 40 miles southwest of Chicago.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. A Neighbor Says One Member of the Family Was Home at the Time of the Crash

A resident of Hampton Court, Nanette Hernandez, told ABC Chicago that one member of the family who owns the house was home at the time of the crash. Hernandez says it was a woman who was home, her husband and sons were elsewhere. According to a post on the Facebook page of the Joliet Fire Department, nobody was hurt on the ground. In a press briefing after the crash, officials said they were unsure how many people were on board.


2. A Massive Emergency Response Is on Scene at the Home

Plainfield Plane Crash

The wreckage of the crashed plane. (Screengrab via ABC Chicago)

The Joliet Fire Department said on their Facebook page that five fire trucks and three ambulances had been called to the scene of the crash. Aerial video from the scene courtesy of local news broadcasters shows airplane debris strewn across the road and in front of the home where the crash took place.


3. The Cause of the Crash Has Not Been Made Public

No cause of the crash has been made public at this time. CLTV reports that witnesses say they saw an explosion in the air before the plane crashed.


4. The Nearest Airport to the Crash Site Is Joliet Regional Airport

Plainfield Plane Crash Joliet Fire Department

(Joliet Fire Department)


5. A Storm Was moving Into the Area in the Moments Before the Crash

Plainfield Illinois thunder storm

(National Weather Service)

A massive thunderstorm was moving to the area at the time of the crash, reports NBC Chicago.