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March 9, 2012
A 51-year-old pilot from Commerce Township, Michigan, was killed along with his girlfriend when his plane crashed Friday outside Charlotte, North Carolina. According to reports from the Livingston Daily News, the crash occurred around 1:45 p.m. on the waters of High Rock Lake.
Rowan County sheriff’s deputies say the couple had traveled in the single-engine Cessna Columbia 350 from Commerce Township to the Davidson County Airport on a business trip Thursday morning. They took off the next day into overcast and drizzly skies, bound for Florida, around 1:15 p.m. Thirty minutes later, the plane crashed for unknown reasons into the lake 40-miles southwest of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Local residents reported hearing a loud noise on the water, and one man stated he saw the plane going down. Upon further investigation, locals found wreckage strewn over a large area. One victim’s body was recovered moments after rescue crews arrived on the scene, while the other body was recovered from the sunken fuselage of the plane the next morning.
The pilot of the plane had been a licensed pilot for five years, and the plane was brand new. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.
The Aviation Accident Attorneys with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller, and McCarthy would like to send their deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims who tragically died in this horrible accident.
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