Plane headed for Oakland/Troy Airport crashes up-north killing two

BOYNE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A small plane crashed after takeoff Monday in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula, going down in a wooded area and killing two people onboard, authorities said.

The single-engine, fixed-wing Mooney M20R was headed from Boyne City Municipal Airport in Charlevoix County to Oakland-Troy Airport north of Detroit when it crashed, said Tony Molinaro, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Sheriff's Department said the male victims — a 51-year-old and a 38-year-old — were from Birmingham. And WPBN/WTOM-TV reported the Mooney model M20R is registered to a Madison Heights business. 

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

The newspaper and WPBN/WTOM-TV reported that it crashed about 7 a.m. Monday about 45 miles northeast of Traverse City. The wreckage was found several hundred yards from a road that was reachable on foot or by snowmobile.

Light snow was falling in the Charlevoix area shortly before 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. The temperature was about 10 degrees and ground visibility was just less than two miles, said Nick Schwartz, a meteorologist.

The plane was registered to Chair Covers Leasing, Inc., according to the FAA website.

The linen service is based in the Detroit suburb of Madison Heights. There was no answer to phone calls Monday afternoon at the company's office.

The FAA is investigating the crash, but the probe will be led by the National Transportation Safety Board, Molinaro added.

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