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Pilot crashes into Illinois home

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 URBANA, Ill. (AP) -- A pilot trying to land a small plane at a central Illinois airport missed his target and crashed into a nearby home. But the home's owner said the pilot's injuries were minor and the home wasn't badly damaged.  

Steve Rice told The News-Gazette in Champaign that the plane hit his house Thursday morning. Rice said the crash sounded like an explosion.  

He went outside and helped the unidentified pilot with a cut forehead until an ambulance arrived.  

Rice said the pilot told him he struggled with a crosswind while trying to land at nearby Frasca Field. The airport is less than a mile away.  

The plane's propeller is in Rice's front yard, and the engine now sits in the back.  

Rice was the only person at home.

 Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com  

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