Three Dead In Private Planes Crashes In Florida, Michigan

An experimental aircraft, similar to the plane seen here, crashed Sunday in Broward County, Fla., killing the pilot. The same day, a small plane crashed in Frankenmuth Township, Mich., killing the pilot and a passenger. Photo by Amuth/Wikipedia

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 4 (UPI) — Investigators in Florida and Michigan are probing two private plane crashes that left three people dead.

A single-engine RV-7 experimental plane, sold in kit form, crashed in Broward County, Fla., Sunday night. After the pilot’s check-in contact was not made, his family notified the Federal Aviation Administration. The plane was discovered by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Marine and Fire Rescue Unit son Monday morning. The pilot, the only occupant, dead. The pilot was not identified.

In Frankenmuth Township, Mich., a private plane conducting a “touch and go” maneuver, in which the plane lands and then takes to the air without coming to a full stop, crashed Sunday afternoon at the end of a privately-owned airport’s landing strip. Police Chief Don Mawer said the pilot and a passenger, a child, died in the crash, adding the plane caught fire after it struck the ground.

In both cases, the cause of the crash is undetermined, and FAA and National Transportation Safety Board personnel are investigating the incidents.


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