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Piper Saratoga Hits Building - Couple Survives

October 7, 2010 —  An Illinois couple crashed their single-engine aircraft into the upper level of a health club shortly after takeoff Wednesday (October 7) from Aero Estates, a residential airpark in Naperville, Illinois. The FAA’s preliminary incident report lists the aircraft as a Piper Saratoga, but neighbors of the aircraft occupants, Lloyd and Maureen McKee, say that the plane is a Beechcraft. The aircraft was so completely lodged in an upper level of XSport Fitness that it was barely visible from the outside. The aircraft poked through the ceiling of an unoccupied basketball court.

Employees of XSport Fitness told the Chicago Sun-Times that the gym first reported water dripping from the ceiling, but it was soon determined to be fuel and the building was evacuated. XSport Fitness is located approximately one-quarter mile directly north of Aero Estates’ north-south runway. The McKees were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Their intended destination was Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


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