2 hurt when experimental plane goes down in southeast Michigan

Plane crashes into back yard of Pittsfield Township home on Warner Road

Published On: May 25 2012 12:22:37 PM EDT   Updated On: May 25 2012 05:29:21 PM EDT
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PITTSFILED TOWNSHIP, Mich. -

Two people were critically hurt Friday when the single-engine plane they were in crashed in the back yard of a home in Pittsfield Township.

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Pittsfield Township Fire Chief Sean Gleason says firefighters freed a husband and wife from the wreckage behind a home in the 7000 block of Warner Road.

SLIDESHOW: Plane crash in Pittsfield Township

The two victims were taken to St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital.

Homeowner watches plane go down

Jan and David Haupt were inside their home when they said they saw the plane start to hover over their yard.

"The right wing dipped when he was doing another loop," David said. "Real quick, probably 80 or 90 miles per hours."

The couple said they saw a shadow and then heard a loud thump.

They called 911 and ran out to help.

The Haupts said all they could hear was moaning from the two victims.

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FAA investigating crash

FAA spokesman Carl Welke said the plane had just left Ann Arbor when troubles started.

"It appears to have lost some altitude and ended up here," he said.