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NTSB: Pilot in fatal small plane crash made multiple attempts to land

Published: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 4:25 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:58 p.m. CDT
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(Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com)
Authorities look at the engine of a small plane that crashed in the parking lot of a Chase Bank on Weber Road in Bolingbrook near the Clow International Airport during the evening rush hour on Sept. 25. Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com

BOLINGBROOK – The small plane that crashed into a Bolingbrook bank on Sept. 25 touched down on a runway "multiple" times before eventually striking a tree and crashing just feet from a Chase Bank, killing the pilot and his wife, according to a report from the National Transportation Board.

The report offers new details into the crash that killed Dr. Narayan Venguswamy, a Kentucky surgeon, and his wife, Jay, who were reportedly flying to the Chicago area to attend a medical conference.

The NTSB released the preliminary report on Tuesday, stating that the Cirrus SR20 plane was observed on airport surveillance "touching down multiple times about halfway down the runway" before "making a left turn after takeoff, descending and then proceeding out of camera view just before the crash."

The information released Tuesday is preliminary, according to the NTSB, and a final report is yet to come.

The crash occurred around 5:20 p.m. Sept. 25 at 262 S. Weber Road, just east of Clow International Airport.

Recreational pilot and Naperville resident Dave Spears said he was in the air when the crash occurred. Spears, who has been flying small planes for several years, hypothesized the day of the crash that the pilot was trying to land in the wrong direction on Clow Airport Runway 18.

"He was trying to touch down on Runway 18, but the wind was at his back," Spears said Sept. 25. "When you land a plane, you need a headwind to slow you down. I think [the pilot who crashed] either stalled or turned around at the last minute."

It's the second time in five years a plane has crashed in the vicinity of the intersection of Weber Road and Lily Cache Lane. In 2008, a small plane crashed about 100 yards south of the site of Wednesday's crash. There were minor injuries in the Sept. 17, 2008 crash.

The crash occurred at the height of rush hour at a busy Bolingbrook intersection.

"It's a sad situation but we're very fortunate with it being rush hour that it wasn't worse," Bolingbrook Police Deputy Chief Tom Ross said the day of the crash.

Reporter Alex Soulier contributed to this report.

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