2 Fla. men killed in suburban Chicago plane crash


Published: Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 4:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 4:24 p.m.

SUGAR GROVE, Ill.— Authorities say two Florida men were killed when the small plane they were in crashed in suburban Chicago.

Kane County Sheriff's Department spokesman Pat Gengler says 32-year-old Drago Strahija of Lake Worth, Fla., and 37-year-old Gary Bradford of Hollywood, Fla., died in Saturday's crash.

Authorities believe Bradford, who was a trained pilot, was flying the plane.

Gengler says the plane had just taken off from the Aurora airport, a few miles south of the crash scene in Sugar Grove. The plane was on its way to Denver.

Debris from the twin-engine Piper Aerostar hit a home's garage when the plane crashed. No one inside the home was hurt.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

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