The National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, has released its initial report on a plane crash that left two people seriously hurt at Chicago Rockford International Airport last week.
According to the report, the pilot, believed to be Rockford dentist Edward Noakes, requested and was given clearance to land on runway 19 at RFD last Monday evening. Based on recordings from the plane’s cockpit, Noakes requested a priority landing because he was low fuel due to a faulty transfer pump. The pilot indicating he did not want to land at RFD with only one operating engine. It had taken off from the Kissimmee Gateway Airport, near Orlando earlier that day.
The NTSB report shows that as the airplane approached the airport, Noakes requested the runway lights for runway 25, not 19, be turned on. He was given clearance but the plane was observed impacting terrain before the threshold for runway 25.
Wind gusts at the airport during the time of the crash were between 18 and 28 miles per hour, according to the report.
Noakes and a passenger suffered serious injuries, two other passengers had minor injuries. An update on their conditions has not been given.