1 killed, 1 seriously injured in Romeoville plane crash

One person was killed and a second was seriously injured in a single-engine airplane crash near a Romeoville airport Sunday afternoon, officials said.

The two people were onboard the Cessna 210 when it went down near the Lewis University Airport in Romeoville about 2:45 p.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig said.

The owner of the plane, 68-year-old Victor Pantaleo of Darien, was killed in the crash, according to ABC 7.

Herwig said the plane took off from Brookeridge Air Park in Downers Grove but did not know where it was headed.

“We looked up — the plane couldn’t have been more than 25 feet above our heads on a steady downward hill — and basically we heard the initial first hit on a tree, and then we heard a crash on the power lines explode back. And by the time that was all happening, we were turning the corner, the first one on the scene,” witness Vince Piazza told ABC 7.

FAA officials said the survivor was being treated at an area hospital.