LYON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Three people have died after a small plane crashed into a home in Lyon Township on Saturday, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.
Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said the three people are believed to be the pilot and occupants of the plane.
A family of five inside the home were able to make it out safely. However, the family said their cat did not survive. The mother said she and her family were in one room and moved to another room shortly before the crash.
**Update to Lyon Twp. Plane Crash**— Mike Bouchard (@MikeJBouchard) January 2, 2021
We have confirmed there are three fatalities at the scene believed to be the occupants and pilot of the plane.
The Lyon Township Fire Department and other emergency crews responded to the crash on Saturday on Dakota Drive near Grand River and Pontiac Trail.
Officials said it remains an active investigation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been contacted.
The location of the crash is close to the Oakland/Southwest Airport, formerly known as the New Hudson Airport. It is unclear if the plane was heading to that airport.
The FAA released a statement, noting that the information is preliminary:
“A single-engine Piper PA-24 crashed in a residential area in New Hudson, Mich., about 4 p.m. local time today. Contact local authorities for information on the condition and identity of the pilot and any passengers. There is no report of injuries on the ground. The FAA will release the aircraft tail number when it is verified at the accident scene. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft accidents.”
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