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One dead, one hospitalized after paraplane plunges into Fox River

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DAYTON, Ill. (Sun Times Media Wire) - A Chicago man was killed and another person injured when an “ultra-glide” aircraft crashed into the Fox River late Monday in Dayton.

The LaSalle County Sheriff’s office received a call about the crash about 10:30 p.m. Monday, but authorities believe the crash occurred at 9 or 9:30 p.m., according to Sgt. Kevin Swierkosz. The aircraft was found in the river near the Dayton Dam.

After an overnight search, Jeffrey A. Carpenter, 50, of Chicago, was pulled from river and pronounced dead at the scene at 7:05 a.m., according to the LaSalle County Coroner’s office.

The pilot of the vehicle, Nicholas Peterson of Arizona, told authorities he experienced engine problems which caused the ultra-glide to crash into the river, according to the coroner’s office. He was taken to OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa and is expected to survive.

LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton said the aircraft is believed to be a three-wheeled “ultra-glide” aircraft. Authorities will wait until it’s safe to recover the craft from the river.

“We’re not going to risk anyone’s life to recover it,” Templeton said. “They did an incredible job doing what they did.”

The FAA is expected to inspect the ultra-glide later Tuesday, according to the coroner’s office.

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