06-21-2013, 11:59 PM #1
Too much weight may have caused fatal plane crash
DETROIT (AP) — Radio transmissions between a 19-year-old pilot and a Detroit-area airport control tower point to the small plane he was operating as being too heavy before it crashed just after takeoff, killing all four people aboard.
Troy Brothers was licensed and flying the single-engine Cessna 172 that took off about 1:40 p.m. EDT Friday from Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township, about 27 miles northwest of Detroit.......
Brothers, who lived with his family in the northern Detroit suburb of Fraser, died in the crash. His 58-year-old stepfather, James Haley, and 34-year-old brother-in-law Jamie Jose, also died in the wreckage.
Sandra Haley, Brothers' 53-year-old mother, died at an area hospital.
"It's a very sad day for the airport," said Dave VanderVeen, director of central services for Oakland County.
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