Bloomingdale man was pilot who died in small plane crash

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BARTLETT, Ill. — Authorities have identified a pilot who died when a small aircraft crashed in a forest preserve outside Chicago on the Fourth of July.

The DuPage County coroner’s office on Tuesday said 61-year-old Michael Sandman of Bloomingdale was the only person aboard the aircraft.

The Cessna 172 crashed just before 4 p.m. on Friday near the suburb of Bartlett.

The coroner’s office used dental records to identify Sandman. The office says he died of multiple traumatic injuries from the crash.

The plane was registered to the Fox Flying Club, which is based at the DuPage Airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board had said the pilot reported a rudder control problem to air traffic controllers. Federal authorities continue to investigate.


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