Pilot killed in Schaumburg plane crash
November 2, 2010
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE
A 66-year-old man who may be from Chicago was killed Monday afternoon when the small plane he was piloting crashed on takeoff from a small northwest suburban airport.
The crash happened about 3:30 p.m. at the Schaumburg Regional Airport, 905 E. Irving Park Rd. in Schaumburg.
Police and fire personnel arrived to find that a two-seat, single-engine Luscombe aircraft with tail number N71823 had crashed in the grass alongside the south edge of the runway, a release from Schaumburg police said.
William H. Borgstrom, of 1338 W. Columbia Ave., was pronounced dead at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village at 4:07 p.m. Monday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
He was the only occupant in the aircraft, the release said.
Preliminary witness reports indicate the plane was taking off when it rose up from the runway before drifting to the south and crashing nose-first next to the runway, according to police.
The Illinois State Police, National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were all notified. Ann FAA spokesman said the NTSB is involved because there was a fatality.