Federal agencies continue investigation into Lyon Township plane crash

A family of 3 was killed after the plane crashed into a home

A family of three died after the plane they were in crashed into a home on Saturday, Jan. 2.

LYON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are continuing their investigation into what caused a small plane to crash into a Lyon Township home.

“Its a sad thing. We pray for the families. We pray for the three in the plane. It’s never a good time to lose somebody, especially in such a dramatic fashion,” said neighbor Josh Rich.

Rich has lived in the neighborhood, where the crash happened, for years. However, he never once worried about a plane crash taking place.


“Honestly, we see some planes high up. I haven’t seen anything come close even within where you can read the tail. I think honestly this is the first time it’s been even close,” Rich said.

The question remains: what could have caused the plane to crash in the first place?

It is not the first incident involving an aircraft in the neighborhood. A hot air balloon crashed nearly in the exact same spot.

“It was over and done within 10 minutes. He sat it down gently. All the passengers got off and a lot of the kids ran over and looked at it. It’s the craziest thing we’ve seen,” Rich said of the hot air balloon.

Saturday’s plane crash resulted in the death of David Compo, former president of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Southeastern Michigan, his wife Michelle and their son Dawson.

The 18-year-old recently graduated from Detroit Catholic Central High School in Novi and was taking his education even further.

The family of five who occupy the Lyon Township home where the plane crashed is doing OK -- everyone was able to make it out of the home safely.

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