Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Police ID pilot in plane crash: Beech A36 Bonanza, N6038R - Accident occured March 23, 2013 in Cordova, Rock Island County, Illinois

The pilot who crashed a plane in a Cordova, Ill., farm field Saturday has been identified.

Dr. Richard M. Kishiue, 67, of Bettendorf, a Genesis Health Group OB/GYN, was the pilot who survived the crash, Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd said.

“The fact he was able to land safely is quite impressive,” Boyd said.

Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board began its investigation Monday morning and was expected to be on the scene near Cordova, Ill., Tuesday, agency spokesman Aaron Sauer said.

The plane crashed shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday in the field at 171st Avenue North, about a half-mile east of Illinois 84. Sauer said the pilot received a minor injury and was treated at the scene.

The single-engine Beechcraft airplane lost power and clipped a utility pole and lines during its descent into the field. The pilot was able to land the plane upright in the field. One of the wings was partially torn off in the crash.

“He was attempting to do what we classify as a force landing in the cornfield,” Sauer said.

Kishiue flew out of the Davenport Municipal Airport in Mount Joy and was the only person on board.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration website and the plane’s tail number, the aircraft is a 1979 Beech Bonanza A36. The plane is registered to Romeo Aviation LLC of Middle Road in Bettendorf and is based at the Davenport Municipal Airport.

Efforts to reach Romeo Aviation were unsuccessful.

Story and Photos:   http://qctimes.com

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