Two in Macomb Co. plane crash released from hospital, third in stable condition

Township of Ray – Officials released more details on Monday of those involved in a plane crash over the weekend that injured three people.

The owner and pilot of the plane is a 44-year-old Chicago man, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday. He said the man’s wife, 37, and their 17-year-old niece from Georgia were also on the plane during the crash, along with a dog.

The three were the sole occupants of the plane and the trio were in the area visiting family, the sheriff’s office said.

Officials said on Monday the aircraft owner and his wife were treated at a hospital and released. The 17-year-old is listed in stable condition.

A 6-month-old golden retriever who was seen fleeing the accident was found early Monday, according to a Facebook post from Ray Township Fire & Rescue.

The sheriff’s office also said the investigation into the cause of the crash will be led by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. Sheriff’s deputies will help gather information and evidence, he said.

Officials said firefighters and sheriff’s deputies were called around 2:55 p.m. to the Ray

Community airport on Indian Trail for a plane crash. On Sunday, they said the call came in around 3:15 p.m.

According to a preliminary investigation, the single-engine Beech A36 fixed-wing aircraft took off from the airport runway when the pilot reported a loss of engine power after extending the landing gear. The plane has room for six people.

The plane was about 100 feet in the air when the pilot attempted a controlled crash in an area just off the runway, the sheriff’s office said. Earlier reports said the plane was 75 feet in the air.

The three people got out of the plane on their own after the accident. They were taken to hospital for treatment for broken bones, lacerations and burns.

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