UPDATE: Men Killed in Fatal Plane Crash Identified — (Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch)

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Posted by Amie Schaenzer (Editor)

May 04, 2012

Crystal Lake Police have confirmed that two people were killed in a plane crash near the Lake in the Hills Airport Thursday.    Two people were killed Thursday in a plane crash near the , Crystal Lake police said.

The Northwest Herald reports Hugh Scott Clark, 65, of Lake Forest, and Paul San Filippo, 82, of Grayslake, died in the accident and “were in the front seats of the plane when it crashed.”

The plane went down at 3:15 p.m. in a marshy gravel pit on the east side of Pyott Road, across the street from the airport, Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Gene Lowery said.

McHenry County deputy coroner Curt Bradshaw told the Northwest Herald the investigators are still working to determine who was piloting the plane.

Both men were pilots, but the plane was registered to San Filippo, according to the NW Herald.   A witness on the scene said they heard a loud noise and saw the plane make a sharp bank from the south to the north before going down. The witness said that the plane might have lost power.

“For reasons unknown at this time, witness statements indicate the plane may have been attempting to return to the airport when it began to decelerate just prior to impact,” according to a Crystal Lake Police Department press release.

CBS Channel 2 Chicago reoprted the plane, was a Beech Bonanza 35.

Lake in the Hills Aiport employees told Patch the plane had landed at the airport at least once earlier that day. They said the airport does not log who is coming in or leaving the airport and they did not believe the owner of plane rented space at the airport.

The Lake in the Hills Airport rents out hangars to pilots throughout the area.

Margaret Gittings, an office administrator at at the LITH Airport, said she did not see the plane go down. The business has windows facing where the crash occurred.

“I looked out and thought, ‘is that really a plane in the quarry pit?'” Gittings said.

She said Blue Skies was not allowing its students to fly Thursday because of the winds, which were between 18 to 20 mph. She said it would not be uncommon for a pilot with experience to take to the skies.

The crash site was difficult for emergency personnel to get to because of the softness of the marsh and because it was in a gravel pit. A bulldozer from the made a dirt path to the crash site, Lowery said.

Police and emergency officials used ATVs to get to the plane.

Police said the crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.


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NTSB Identification: CEN12FA271
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 03, 2012 in Lake in the Hills, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/15/2013
Aircraft: BEECH S35, registration: N176Q
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

On May 3, 2012, about 1515 central daylight time, a Beech S35, N176Q, was substantially damaged when it impacted a spent quarry, just east of Lake in the Hills Airport (3CK), Lake in the Hills, Illinois. The commercial certificated pilot and certified flight instructor (CFI) were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The local flight originated from 3CK.

The commercial pilot and CFI met at 1130 the morning of the accident at 3CK and flew with a third pilot, in the accident airplane, to DuPage Airport (DPA) West Chicago, Illinois, to pick up another airplane. The commercial pilot and CFI then followed the third pilot to Burlington Municipal Airport (BUU), Burlington, Wisconsin, where the third pilot dropped off the other airplane. The three pilots returned to 3CK. The CFI flew from the left seat for all three flights.

The third pilot reported that after lunch the commercial pilot and CFI returned to the accident airplane with the intention of conducting a local flight. He remarked that the winds at the time were reported as 220 degrees at 11 knots gusting to 22 knots.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) took witness statements from several individuals. These witnesses reported seeing the airplane low to the ground. One witness reported seeing the airplane in the traffic pattern for runway 26, conducting touch-and-go operations. This witness also stated that the airplane was in a very steep turn from the base leg to the final approach leg. Several witnesses stated that the engine was running and sounded normal prior to the airplane impacting the ground.

The pilot, age 82, held a commercial pilot certificate with airplane single engine land and instrument ratings. The pilot applied for a third class airman medical certificate on February 17, 2012. The certificate was not issued, awaiting additional medical information in order to determine eligibility.


An autopsy was performed by the McHenry County Coroner’s Office on May 4, 2012, as authorized by the McHenry County Coroner’s office. The autopsy concluded that the cause of death was multiple blunt force trauma and the report listed the specific injuries.

The FAA’s Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, performed toxicological tests on specimens that were collected during the autopsy (CAMI Reference #201200083001). Results were negative for carbon monoxide, cyanide, and ethanol. Testing revealed carvedilol in the urine and blood, enalapril in the urine, 0.036 ug/mL zolpidem in the blood and urine, 0.183 ug/mL of Sertraline in the blood, sertraline in the urine, metabolites of sertraline in the blood and urine. Carvedilol and enalapril are used to treat high blood pressure, zolpidem is used for the treatment of insomnia, and sertraline is an antidepressant.