Investigation continues into fatal Bartlett plane crash

  • A crew works Saturday to remove the wreckage of a single-engine plane that crashed into a forest preserve near Bartlett on Friday, killing the pilot and lone occupant. A federal investigator searched the scene and interviewed witnesses Saturday.

    A crew works Saturday to remove the wreckage of a single-engine plane that crashed into a forest preserve near Bartlett on Friday, killing the pilot and lone occupant. A federal investigator searched the scene and interviewed witnesses Saturday. Joe Lewnard/jlewnard@daily herald.com

  • A crew works Saturday to remove the wreckage of a single-engine Cessna 172 that crashed into the Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve near Bartlett on Friday, killing the pilot and lone occupant. A federal investigator searched the scene and interviewed witnesses Saturday.

      A crew works Saturday to remove the wreckage of a single-engine Cessna 172 that crashed into the Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve near Bartlett on Friday, killing the pilot and lone occupant. A federal investigator searched the scene and interviewed witnesses Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 7/4/2015 4:13 PM

National Transportation Safety Board investigators removed the wreckage of a single-engine Cessna 172 from a Bartlett area forest preserve Saturday, as they continued to search the scene and interview witnesses for clues to what caused the fatal plane crash Friday.

The Bloomingdale man died on impact when the plane crashed into the Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve about 3:45 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

An autopsy was performed Saturday morning and DuPage County Coroner Rich Jorgensen said the pilot died of multiple traumatic injuries.

Jorgensen said he would not release the pilot's name until his next of kin had been notified.

Peter Knudson, spokesman for the NTSB, said an investigator arrived at the scene Saturday and his focus was to interview witnesses and preserve evidence. The investigator will be on scene for about two to three days, Knudson said.

Residents of Brandon and Newcastle lanes, which are in the neighborhood near the crash site, said they heard a loud noise Friday afternoon and saw the plane go straight down.

The plane came from Schaumburg Regional Airport and did a quick landing and takeoff at DuPage Airport a source said, and had radioed in with "engine issues" before the crash.

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