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From: "Dave Walkup" <dwalkup at prodigy.net>
Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2002 16:15:20 UTC
From Chicago SunTimes: Men parachute to safety as plane crashes August 11, 2002 BY JULIE PATEL STAFF REPORTER A quick-thinking pilot and his passenger parachuted to safety Saturday morning when their small plane began having engine trouble over Kane County, eventually slamming into a farm field. Pilot Todd Ashcraft, 32, and his passenger, Ralph Helfer, suffered no more than minor injuries in the mishap, authorities said. The trouble began about 8:30 a.m., when Ashcraft radioed Aurora Airport that his Christen Eagle II, a high-performance acrobatic biplane, was experiencing engine trouble and he was going to make an emergency landing. Shortly after, smoke poured into the cockpit and Ashcraft and Helfer decided to parachute to safety. The plane crashed into a field northwest of OS582 Rowe Road in Kaneville Township, according to the Kane County sheriff's office. The men were taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva, where it was determined that Helfer, of the 2000 block of N. Hoyne in Chicago, didn't need treatment. Ashcraft, who lives in the 2300 block of Goldenrod in Aurora, was treated for minor injuries and released Saturday, said Karen Anderson, a nursing supervisor at the hospital. Anderson called the incident a miracle. "God was surely with them," she said.