Report: Scott County doctor aborted landing just before plane crash

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comSeptember 27, 2013 

The Georgetown surgeon who was killed with his wife after a plane crash Wednesday in suburban Chicago might have aborted his landing because he didn't have enough runway, according to a report from WMAQ-TV in Chicago.

National Transportation Safety Board official Josh Lindberg said Thursday night that Dr. Narayan Venguswamy touched down at Bolingbrook's Clow International Airport, went back up in the air at low altitude, turned left and then crashed in a Chase Bank parking lot, the television station reported. Lindberg spoke at a press conference in Chicago.

Lindberg told WBBM-TV that it's too early to say whether the plane came in too fast or too far down the runway. Such planes have no black-box recording devices, but the NTSB might be able to check flight instruments and memory chips to get crucial information.

The NTSB will take custody of the wreckage and move it to a secure location as its investigation continues.

The crash killed Venguswamy, a longtime surgeon at Georgetown Community Hospital, and his wife, Jay. The were traveling from Georgetown to Bolingbrook for a medical conference.

Matt Bunch, a member of the Georgetown airport board, said the Venguswamys were his neighbors and friends. Bunch said he had spoken to people in the community who have been "devastated" by the deaths.

Bunch said Jay Venguswamy "had a great sense of humor."

Her husband, Bunch said, "loved airplanes."

"Every time I saw him at the airport, he had a smile on his face," Bunch said.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter: @vhspears

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