Aviation Accident – Cargo jet crashes near Chicago, killing pilot and co-pilot
Legal News for Aviation Accident Attorneys. Two dead after small-plane wreck in Cook County.
National Transportation Safety board investigates fatal plane crash near Chicago Executive Airport.
Chicago, IL—Two mean aboard a cargo jet en route to Chicago were killed when the aircraft crashed in a Cook County forest preserve before ever reaching the airport, according to information provided by the Chicago Tribune. The small-plane crash occurred on Tuesday afternoon, January 5, 2010.
The two men aboard, a pilot and co-pilot, whose identities have not been disclosed, reportedly left Detroit in a Learjet 35A airplane about 90 minutes prior to the wreck. The aircraft was owned by a Waterford, Michigan based company known as Royal Air Charter. The jet was allegedly scheduled to land at Chicago Executive Airport to eventually pick up cargo in Wheeling, Illinois and transport it to Atlanta by ferry. For unknown reasons, the plane went down at approximately 1:30 p.m.
It was reported that airplane wreck debris were found approximately a mile away from the Chicago airport in a forest preserve. Part of the planes’ fuselage was also discovered immersed in the Des Plaines River. The two plane occupants’ bodies were found but allegedly could not be removed until Wednesday. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) http://www.ntsb.gov will reportedly be conducting a full investigation into the crash, paying close attention to the jet, allegedly stating that investigators will “look at the systems, the structure, the engine”.
It was also stated that since the winds were out of the west-northwest, a circling approach was deemed mandatory when landing on Tuesday. This landing technique was also noted for being more difficult than simply landing by coming in straight, which could have possibly been a factor in the fatal aviation accident.
Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Illinois Aviation Accident Lawyers.