Father, daughter identified after deadly Burlington plane crash
BURLINGTON - On Monday, investigators have identified the victims in a deadly single-engine plane crash in a cornfield in Burlington.
Todd Parfitt, 50, and his daughter Nicole, 14, died in the crash. They were from Antioch, Ill.
Monday brought a sad day at Antioch Community High School, which Parfitt attended.
Many teachers and friends shared time with counselors as they grieved.
"Tears in the eyes of a lot of kids...it's a sad day," said John Whitehurst to TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes.
"With our school psychologist as well as the coaches, we're talking to them about this situation and how to deal with it and understand what's happening."
The man who runs the airport initially said they didn't know much about the crash details.
"I guess he was landing," Burlington Municipal Airport Manager Gary Meisner says. "That's all we really know."
The single-engine Grumann AA1 rested on its side, in pieces.
"If you get an airplane too slow, it sounds to me like he got too slow and it stalled," Meisner says. "But, I don't know for sure. I'm just going by what some people said."
Meisner got word of the crash Sunday afternoon.
"You hate to see any accident happen, let alone a fatal accident happen," Meisner says.
Authorities told Meisner the pilot was not based out of Burlington's hangers. FAA records show the plane is registered to a man in Antioch, Illinois.
Investigators spent Sunday afternoon trying to piece together what cause the small plane to go down.
Burlington's airport doesn't have a control tower, so the pilot was not in contact with air traffic controllers when trouble hit.
"It's a common frequency that all the pilots use coming in here, so you just announce your position as you come around in the pattern, and that's all," Meisner says.
Authorities tell the FAA there were eyewitnesses. Those people possibly hold clues about the plane's final seconds.
The FAA and NTSB were to investigate.