A small Beechcraft airplane crashed last night in suburban Chicago after taking off from Midway airport. All three people aboard were killed, none of them has been publicly identified, but already the pilot (and maybe the others, too) are being shown to have exhibited remarkable behavior in their final moments.
Reports are being made that the aircraft was piloted in circles until an open space could be identified in the densely-populated suburb of Palos Hills. It crashed in a small field in a heavy residential area but did not hit any homes. No one on the ground was hurt.
What kind of presence of mind, what kind of personal character, must the pilot have had to show such concern for the welfare of anonymous people on the ground?
When the dead are identified, the pilot must be recognized for his extraordinary selflessness in a situation in which few of us would measure up to such standards of humanity.
According to the FAA’s website, the plane is registered to Arc Aviation LLC, based in Lawrence KS.
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