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Report of plane crash false alarm

HAMPSHIRE – A false alarm that a plane had crashed near Interstate 90 and Route 20 had police officers in two counties temporarily scrambling and a search helicopter in the air early Thursday evening.

Someone called 911 stating that they thought they saw a small plane crash on the horizon west of Hampshire, Kane County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler said. At about that same time, a small plane had made a normal landing at the private Casa De Aero Park Airport northwest of town, Gengler said.

Both Kane County and the McHenry County sheriff’s offices began investigating the area near I-90 and Route 20, given that the area is close to the border of both counties, and both had set up command posts, according to scanner traffic.

McHenry County at about 6:30 p.m. let search units, which had found nothing, know that there was no plane down and everyone could stop looking.

- Kevin P. Craver
and Katie Anderson

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