WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - During a news briefing, officials told 7 Action News that four people have died as a result of a small plane crash at Oakland County International Airport.
Transmissions between the 19-year-old pilot and an airport control tower point to his small plane being too heavy before it crashed after takeoff..
The pilot can be heard on liveatc.net saying "we're a little over weight ... we're going to have to come back and land" before the Cessna 172 crashed Friday at Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township.
All four people aboard were killed.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford confirms that the recording is an archive of the tower conversation.
The pilot was Troy Brothers. The other victims were his 53-year-old mother Sandra Haley, 58-year-old stepfather James Haley, and 34-year-old brother-in-law Jamie Jose.
The plane reportedly took off from the airport around 1:40 p.m. and reached about 100 feet. At that point, the pilot asked the tower for permission to turn around. That's when the plane crashed.
The aircraft involved was a Cessna 172 , a single engine aircraft with four seats.
Firefighters and EMS were on the scene in seconds after it crashed.
Oakland County International Airport is the second busiest airport in the state of Michigan. These were the first fatalities at the airport since an accident back in 2006.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims,” said J. David VanderVeen, director of central services for Oakland County. “This is a very sad day for Oakland County International Airport.”
In Fraser, hearts remain heavy on Rambling Drive, where Brothers and his parents lived, as neighbors are stunned to hear the news.
They say the Hayleys just threw a party for Troy, celebrating not only his pilot's license but his acceptance into the United States Naval Academy. Troy's dream, neighbors say, was to fly planes.
"I just can’t believe it." said neighbor Gary Placido, "I’m shocked. I just can’t believe this happened.”
"It's a huge loss, not only for us," said neighbor Mike Packard, "But for the entire group of family and friends."
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