Probe Continues Into Deadly Small Plane Crash 10-18-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Probe Continues Into Deadly Small Plane Crash 10-18-2010

The Huron County Sheriff's Department, along with rescue personnel from Sebewaing, responded to an airplane crash in a field near Bay Street, just south of the Sebewaing Township Airport.
TV5 has learned a 54-year-old Lapeer man and a 53-year-old Goodrich man were killed in the crash. Police said the Goodrich man was a certified flight instructor.
Authorities said the single-engine plane went down around 5:50 p.m. on Monday, about a half-mile south of the Sebewaing Airport.
In a news release, Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said that from among the many witness accounts, it appears the airplane was having mechanical difficulties after it had departed southbound from the Sebewaing Township Airport.
Hanson said it is possible that the airplane may have been trying to return back to the airport. The Sebewaing Fire Department extracted the bodies using their Jaws of Life after permission was secured from the National Traffic Safety Board.
Police did say the plane was being flown by a Michigan native, but did not elaborate as to where the plane originally hailed from.
Hanson said the airplane, a 1991 Citabria, which is a two-seat high wing airplane, was destroyed by the fire.
Officials with the NTSB arrived at the scene around 9 p.m. to begin a preliminary investigation. They are expected to return sometime Tuesday to continue probing for causes of the crash.

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