Glenview Naval Air Station, IL Vulcan Bomber Crash, Aug 1978
'PILOT AIMED FOR DUMP TO MISS HOMES'
Glenview Naval Air Station, Ill. (UPI) -- The pilot of a British Vulcan bomber, who died in a crash along with three crew members, apparently intentionally aimed the plane for a garbage dump to avoid hitting a residential area.
"It would be a miracle in a way if he just landed there (in the dump) accidentally," said John Egbert, chief of the naval station's public information office. "That is the only open area surrounding the naval center and it's entirely possible he was headed there to avoid a bigger tragedy."
Federal and local aviation officials said their investigation of the Friday crash should be completed next week.
The British Vulcan bomber crashed and burst into a ball of flames shortly after takeoff from the Glenview Naval Air Station, killing all four Royal Air Force crew members aboard and scattering their bodies several feet from the wreckage in a nearby landfill a mile north of the naval station.
The Commander, CHRIS EDWARDS, 31.
Co-Pilot, SIMON FARLOW, 32.
Navigator, NIGEL THOMAS, 29.
Air Electronics Officer, JAMIE HAMILTON, 36.
The delta-winged bomber, which was to practice maneuvers for Chicago's Lakefront Festival air show during the weekend, developed trouble several minutes after takeoff, officials said.
Bil Kozuch, 26, an employee of an auto body shop near the station, said he watched the plane climb after takeoff.
"It started to nosedive and he (the pilot) banked left toward Northbrook, where a lot of people live," Kozuch said. "He made that left hand bank and then he banked back to the right and went right into the dump and crashed."
"He obviously turned to miss going into the residential area and causing a catastrophe."
The charred body of the pilot was found about 100 yards from the crash site lying near a railroad trestle. Another body was found under a wing of the plane. Two others were discovered several feet from the craft, which shattered into dozens of smaller smouldering fragments, many lost amid tiny heaps of acrid garbage.
Chronicle Telegram Elyria Ohio 1978-08-12