FAA: 2 dead, 1 injured in Michigan plane crash

AP News
Posted: Jun 24, 2011 11:28 PM
FAA: 2 dead, 1 injured in Michigan plane crash

A single-engine plane that took off from eastern Indiana crashed into a garage in a neighborhood near a northwestern Michigan airport, leaving two people dead and another person injured, federal officials said.

Two people were on board the plane that crashed nose-first into the garage along a residential street about 8 p.m. just north of Charlevoix Municipal Airport, said Federal Aviation spokesman Ronald Herwig.

FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said Charlevoix reported that two people were killed and third person on the ground was seriously injured.

The plane had taken off earlier in the day from Smith Field in Fort Wayne, Ind., Herwig said. The crash occurred just north of the municipal airport in Charlevoix, about 165 miles north of Grand Rapids, along Lake Michigan's northeastern shore.

"I heard a big boom. I thought it was a motorcycle," said 15-year-old Timmy Schut, who was working in his family's restaurant not far from the home where it appeared the front of the plane had broken through the front of the garage. "The whole back end of the plane was broken off and debris was everywhere."

The Beechcraft Bonanza plane is registered to Microjet LLC out of Fort Wayne, according to online flight tracking site FlightAware.com. A telephone listing for the company could not immediately be found.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, Herwig said.