Pilot Killed In Plane Crash Near Bartlett Was Bloomingdale Man

An autopsy found he died of multiple traumatic injuries from the crash

The pilot killed Friday afternoon when a small aircraft crashed in a northwest suburban forest preserve has been identified as a Bloomingdale man.

The Cessna 172 crashed about 3:45 p.m. in a forest preserve near the intersection of Gerber and Schick roads in Bartlett, authorities said.

The pilot, the only person aboard, has been identified as 61-year-old Michael Sandman of Bloomingdale, according to the DuPage County coroner’s office. He was identified using dental records.

An autopsy Sunday found he died of multiple traumatic injuries from the crash, according to the coroner’s office.

Prior to the crash, Sandman reported a “control problem” to air traffic control, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The plane was registered to Fox Flying Club in Wheaton, according to FAA records.

The non-profit club is based at the DuPage Airport and has a fleet of four aircraft, according to its website. The club could not be reached for comment.

The NTSB and the FAA are investigating.

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