Vintage WWII B-17 bomber crashes outside Chicago

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OSWEGO, Ill. (AP) - A B-17 bomber that dates to World War II has crashed and burned in a cornfield outside Chicago.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says aviation officials believe the seven people on board the plane escaped uninjured.

She says the Liberty Belle took off from Aurora Municipal Airport on Monday morning and crashed about 20 minutes later in Oswego.

Fire officials say the pilot reported a fire shortly after taking off.

Firefighters from Oswego, Sugar Grove and Plainfield responded to the crash. But fire officials say they're having difficulty accessing the crash because of wet fields.

The Liberty Belle made numerous trips to Cincinnati, most recently visiting Lunken Airport in June of last year.

It was scheduled to be at Wright Brothers Airport in Dayton on June 25 and at Lunken Airport on June 26.

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