By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
NTSB preliminary report on Elgin plane crash
Caused by 'loss of engine power'
Placeholder Image
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has preliminarily determined that the March 25 crash of a small, single-engine plane near Elgin was caused by a “loss of engine power.” The report was posted Friday on the NTSB’s website. The crash killed the pilot, identified several days afterward as Wolfgang Buergel, 71, of East Aurora, N.Y. Buergel was known there as “The Country Pilot,” renowned in the greater Buffalo, N.Y., and other areas as “the best pilot” some of his flying students had ever met. “(Buergel) was killed, and the airplane destroyed by the impact forces and post crash fire,” the NTSB wrote in the report.