Woman killed in small plane crash near Brighton Airport in Livingston County

BRIGHTON, MICH (WXYZ) - 7 Action News has learned that a 56-year-old woman who was visiting our area from Costa Rica has been killed in a small plane crash in Brighton.

She has been identified as Ana Ortega.

A 79-year-old man was also injured in the crash. He has been taken to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor by helicopter.

He has been identified as Walter Davenport and is reportedly in serious condition.

Police say Davenport was piloting the plane and Ortega was a passenger.

Witnesses say that around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday they saw and heard the plane, which appeared to be having engine trouble.

The witnesses say the plane barely climbed over the tree line, before turning and then crashing. The plane has been identified as an Aeronca 7AC.

The plane ended up in a swampy area about half a mile from the airport.

Some of the witnesses ran towards the plane after the crash. They say Davenport was moving and conscious.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash.

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