(CBS) – The pilot who died in a plane crash last week near suburban Bartlett has been identified.

Michael Sandman, 61, of Bloomingdale is the individual who was aboard the single-engine Cessna 172 that crashed in a forest preserve Friday afternoon, the DuPage County Coroner’s Office reports.

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Officials said the plane fueled up in Schaumburg and crashed just northeast of DuPage Airport. The four-seater reportedly had rudder problems.

Toxicology and autopsy results are pending.

WBBM’s Steve Miller reports Sandman is being remembered today by fellow pilots.

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“We miss Mike and all that he meant to the group,” said pilot Ken Keifer. “A very nice personality… He was just there to help out.”

Keifer also flies out of the DuPage County airport – and he says Sandman was very interested in technology.

“He was very, very into the latest and greatest equipment for navigation and the computer – for pilots. I think he gave some courses and some lessons.

“He was always around and he always had a laptop with him, showing people different things.”
 

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