2 men die as small plane crashes in Michigan field

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

VENICE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a small plane crashed in a Michigan farm field, killing the pilot and his passenger.

The Flint Journal says Saturday afternoon's crash killed a 63-year-old Vassar man and a 49-year-old Caro man, whose names weren't immediately released.

The Argus-Press of Owosso says it happened in Shiawassee County's Venice Township.

Francis Osika says he was standing next to his barn when he saw the plane "spitting and sputtering." Osika says it made a sharp left turn, crossed over a road and banked left again before crashing into the field with its landing gear down.

Sheriff's Office Sgt. Brian BeGole says the plane was an experimental aircraft owned by an aviation company he declined to name. Authorities have contacted the Federal Aviation Administration, which will lead the investigation.

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