Plane crashes on DNR property

Pilot killed in crash

WATERFORD, Mich. - A small plane crashed on Department of Natural Resources property Friday night while coming in on his final approach to Oakland County International Airport.

Waterford police and firefighters found the plane wreckage about a 150 yards away from the Pontiac lake boat ramp.

The pilot, who was apparently flying the plane alone, was killed.

Local 4 has learned the plane was a twin engine Cessna 310 owned by Royal Air.

Rescue crews are dealing with nasty conditions, making it challenging to get to the wreckage, but they were able to extinguish the fire.

"It's too early to speculate why the plane crashed. That will be a determination for the National Transportation Safety Board," said J. David VanderVeen, director of Oakland County's Department of Central Services, which oversees the airport. "We regret anytime there is a loss of life. Our condolences go out to the pilot's family."

The Waterford Fire Department said that the fog in the area may have played a role in the accident.

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