Police release ID of woman killed in vintage plane crash - WNEM TV 5

Police release ID of woman killed in vintage plane crash

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Authorities say a Virginia woman is dead and her husband injured after a small 1940s plane in which they were flying crashed into a Mid-Michigan barn.

The single-engine vintage plane crashed Monday in Shiawassee County's Antrim Township shortly after taking off from a private airstrip nearby.

The sheriff's department says 61-year-old Nancy Feldvary died in the crash. Her husband, 60-year-old Louis Feldvary, was piloting the plane and was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

"They came here for a luncheon and this plane was en route out, and again, shortly after take-off, it crashed," explained Shiawassee County Sheriff Sgt. Brian BeGole

The crash happened about 65 miles northwest of Detroit. The barn was destroyed and parts of the plane were scattered throughout the area.

Neighbors tell TV5 vintage airplanes fly in every Memorial Day for a pilot get-together.  They put on an air show with their planes for each other and the community. 

"He had went and circled around the house, came up behind, and I didn't see it, and then I heard a loud explosion, bang," explained a next-door neighbor.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

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