2nd person dies in Bolingbrook plane crash

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The pilot of the small plane that crashed in a bank parking lot in Bolingbrook has died.

The pilot, identified as a 63-year-old man from Kentucky, was pronounced dead at 5:45 a.m. at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he had been taken with severe burns after the crash Wednesday evening. The man’s wife, the only other person on board, died at the scene.

The couple was attempting to land at the Clow International Airport at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, when witnesses say they heard a loud noise and the saw the plane explode.

The plane hit some trees, a light pole and three cars in the parking lot, but avoided hitting a bank.

Witnesses say the pilot walked away on fire.

That woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

No one on the ground was injured.

The FAA says the single-engine plane originated from an airport in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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  • Rick Todd

    As an FAA Safety Team Representative I can speculate based on previous crashes and what was described at the scene that the aircraft was most likely approaching the airport too fast and decided to execute a go around procedure. People that witnessed the crash stated they heard the airplane's engine rev then go into a left bank. This is not the correct way to execute this procedure, however, it is done this way by many pilots. It is in my best judgement that the airplane exceeded the critical angle of attack at a high bank angle resulting in a high speed stall. At this altitude the stall would have been unrecoverable. The airplane is equipped with a ballistic parachute system, however, there would have been no time for the chute to open had the device been activated. This is a tragic loss, but is regularly talked about at aviation safety events across the country.