PARIS, Ill. (WTHI) - The veteran pilot who crashed his airplane and died Tuesday right outside Paris never radioed for help and never sent out a distress call in the moments before the craft went down, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
Rusty Shane Bogue, 33, or Paris, was pronounced dead at 11:20 a.m. not far from the Edgar County Airport. An NTSB spokesman tells News 10 that Bogue was flying a Cessna 421, dual-engine six-seater, that was not his own, from Paris to Terre Haute.
That spokesman also said: shortly after take-off, Bogue’s aircraft made contact with trees and ultimately crashed roughly ¾ of a mile from the end of the runway; that an extensive fire immediately followed the moment of impact; and that Bogue never alerted anyone on the ground of a problem.
Witnesses report to the NTSB that Bogue’s plane never got very high off the ground, hence its contact with trees not far from the runway.
The NTSB is branding this an “old school” crash investigation, given the fact that no so-called black box exists, and that there is no recording of radio traffic between Bogue and air traffic control of any kind.
On Thursday morning, NTSB investigators have agreed to escort members of the media for an up-close look at the crash site.
Rusty Bogue’s funeral arrangements are being handled by Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home in Paris; details were set as of Wednesday night.
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