WWII B-17 catches fire after emergency landing

Passengers OK after plane lands outside Chicago

A World War II bomber made what appeared to be an emergency landing in a cornfield June 13, 2011, and all seven people on board escaped before it was consumed by fire, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The accident happened right after the B-17 Flying Fortress took off from the Aurora Municipal Airport and the plane landed in an Oswego, Ill., cornfield outside Chicago.

The incident is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The B-17 Flying Fortress was made in 1944. Authorities say it is registered to the Liberty Foundation in Miami.

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