UPDATE: Pilot, child die in Michigan plane crash

UPDATE (5:07 p.m.): The pilot and child have been identified as a 55-year-old grandfather and his 9-year-old grandson.

 

ORIGINAL STORY (10:19 a.m.) The pilot and a child passenger have been killed in a small plane crash near a private airstrip in mid-Michigan.

The plane went down Sunday evening in a Frankenmuth Township field and burst into flame on impact.

Frankenmuth police Chief Donald Mawer says it appears the pilot was practicing what he termed “touch & goes” at William Zehnder Field, southeast of Saginaw.

MLive.com reports Monday that the maneuvers involve landing and taking off without coming to a complete stop.

The plane crashed near the end of the landing strip. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

 

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