WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Officials say four people killed in a small plane crash northwest of Detroit were a 19-year-old pilot, his mother, stepfather and brother-in-law.
The Cessna 172 went down about 1:40 p.m. Friday at Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township.
Three of those aboard the private flight were killed instantly, while the fourth died later at a hospital.
The pilot was Troy Brothers of Fraser. The other victims were his 53-year-old mother Sandra Haley, 58-year-old stepfather James Haley, and 34-year-old brother-in-law Jamie Jose (JOHS).
Airport spokesman Dave VanderVeen says the pilot took off from a 5,600-foot runway designed for smaller planes and reached an altitude of about 100 feet before requesting permission to return.
The plane crashed in a field at the end of a runway seconds after takeoff.