The National Transportation Safety Board is now in charge of finding out what happened in an airplane crash that killed a pilot Friday near Galt Airport in unincorporated Wonder Lake.
Around 5:15 p.m. on Friday, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, the Wonder Lake Fire Protection District, and the Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District all went to Galt Airport, which is at 5112 Greenwood Road in unincorporated Wonder Lake.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said they got a call about a single plane crash near the airport.
The plane that went down was an EA-300LC, the sheriff’s office said.
The plane was pushed up against a tree about a quarter mile east of the runway, according to the firefighters who were there.
The sheriff’s office says that the pilot, who was the only person in the plane, was pronounced dead at the scene.
At first, firefighters and EMTs asked for a LifeNet medical helicopter to come to the scene, but they later changed their minds.
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The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said they contacted the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to keep looking into what happened.
The McHenry County Coroner’s Office was told about the scene and asked to come. Arrangements are being made for an autopsy.
Lake and McHenry County Scanner was told by a representative of the NTSB that investigators were on the scene Saturday gathering information.
A spokesperson said that the crash happened about a half mile east of the airport in a wooded area.
The federal government took the plane away and took it to a different place to study it more.
A spokesperson said that the first report on what happened should be ready in two to three weeks.
The pilot’s name is kept secret until family members are told and an autopsy is done.
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