Cessna Crash under Investigation

Saturday, July 16, 2011
By George Hatcher

What: Cessna C-210
Where: Airport Road near Pastoral Center St. Charles Borromeo, Romeoville, near Lewis University Airport
When: June 26, 2011, 2:49 p.m.
Who: Pilot Victor Pantaleo and passenger
Why: After experiencing engine problems on taking off from the Brookeridge Airpark in Downers Grove, the pilot was attempting to return to the airport, when the plane struck trees before impacting the ground front of St. Charles Barromeo Pastoral Center in Romeoville. The plane took down powerlines when it crashed.

The passenger was half ejected from the plane, and rescuers had to disengage him but he survived. Pantaleo was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove and was pronounced dead.

Firefighters from the Lockport Township Fire Department responded to the crash.

The NTSB is investigating.

The mass for Panatelo was held at at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.

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