Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 6, 2014

Two dead in Boyne City plane crash

BOYNE CITY — A plane that crashed after take off from Boyne City Municipal Airport, killing two, was headed to Oakland-Troy Airport, according to a federal official and wire reports.

WPBN/WTOM-TV and the Petoskey News-Review report the crash happened about 7 a.m. Monday near Boyne City in Charlevoix County and that two people, including the pilot, were killed. The crash site east of Boyne City Municipal Airport is several hundred yards from a road, and is reachable on foot or by snowmobile.

Names of the dead, which authorities said included the pilot, weren't immediately released.

The plane was a small single-engine Mooney M-20, said Tony Molinaro, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman from Chicago. A tail number for the plane shows it is registered to a business based in Oakland County.

Charlevoix County Undersheriff Chuck Vondra told the News-Review that the plane was broken into many pieces.

Crews are on the scene about 45 miles northeast of Traverse City. Federal investigators are expected to help determine the cause of the crash.

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