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Pilot makes emergency landing south of Plano

A pilot made an emergency landing in a farm field in the 9000 block of Millbrook Road south of Plano at approximately 11:38 a.m. Sunday, according to the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said the pilot, Kurt Englemann, was the sole occupant of the plane and was not hurt. Police did not release Englemann’s age or address.

Englemann told police he was flying from Wisconsin when his plane lost power, prompting him to make the emergency landing.

Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration have been notified, and will complete an investigation, police said.

The 9000 block of Millbrook Road is south of Silver Springs State Park.

Steve Graves, who lives in the 9300 block of Millbrook Road and owns the property on which the plane landed, said he and his wife were working in their yard when the landing occurred but didn’t hear anything.

“We didn’t see it,” he said. “It came down so quietly because the engine had failed, we didn’t hear a thing.”

Graves said he saw emergency vehicles came down the road, and “didn’t think anything of it.”

“Ten minutes later, a fire department vehicle came in our driveway with the lights flashing,” he said. “I told the individual there was no problem here, and he said ‘We have a plane down in the area.’ And then upon further walking around the house we saw, by golly, there it is.”

Graves said it appeared there was minor damage to the plane.

“Some of the landing gear collapsed and there’s dents in the plane,” he said.

As of Monday morning, Graves said the plane was still on his property. He said he didn’t know when the plane would be removed.

“Nobody’s talking much to me,” he said. “We haven’t had any further communication since [the crash].”

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