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Investigation Begins into Chicago Plane Crash


Officials in Chicago are investigating how a passenger plane slid off a runway and into a nearby street Thursday, killing a young boy.

The Boeing 737 crashed through a fence onto a busy road, hitting two cars, after landing in a heavy snowstorm at Midway Airport.

One car was pinned beneath the Southwest Airlines plane, and a six-year-old boy inside was killed. Seven other people on the ground were injured, as were several of the 98 passengers and five crew on the plane.

The flight was coming from Baltimore-Washington International airport and had been delayed by snow, circling above the airport before landing. Midway Airport is in a residential area and has some of the shortest commercial runways in the United States.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.