An Oak Lawn, Ill.,
pilot died Thursday when his single-engine airplane crashed at the Porter
Regional Airport in Washington Township, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police
The pilot has been
identified as Azam J. Zayed. Notification of family was made by the Oak Lawn
Police Department, the PCSP said.
Zayed was the Piper
Comanche’s only occupant.
occurred at 10:46 a.m. as Zayed was departing the airport, the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a brief statement released late on
witness statements, shortly after the plane took off there were
complications and the pilot was unable to regain control of the aircraft,”
Coroner Chuck Harris said in his own statement.
The airplane hit
the ground nose first.
The FAA--which was
at the scene on Thursday--said that the investigation will be handled by the
National Transportation Safety Board. NTSB investigations can last 12 to 18
Also responding to
the scene were the Washington Township and Morgan Township fire departments.
A flight restriction at the airport was in place through midnight Thursday.