Saturday, March 18, 2017

Cessna 172P Skyhawk, University of Michigan Flyers Inc., N230TX: Accident occurred March 15, 2017 Marathon, Ontario, Canada



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ANN ARBOR, MI - Police have identified a missing University of Michigan student who rented a small plane that crashed in Canada last week.

School of Information doctoral candidate Xin Rong, 27, was last seen on the morning of March 15, said Diane Brown, spokeswoman for the University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security.

He rented a plane from the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport the same day, and it's believed to have crashed late that night, about 11:38 p.m. in Ontario, Canada, about 37.3 miles east of the town of Marathon. Marathon appears to be about 463 miles northwest of Ann Arbor by air.

A wrecked plane in Ontario, Canada, is connected to a missing University of Michigan student, police say.

Officials do not believe Rong was aboard the plane at the time of the crash and university police believe his actions were likely an act of self-harm. Air and ground searches for him have since been suspended, Brown said.

Sgt. Peter Leon, media coordinator for Ontario Provincial Police, has said there's nothing to indicate that the plane's pilot is alive.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating the crash and a liaison from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is working with Canadian authorities, said Chris Krepski, a spokesman for the Canadian board.

The university division declined to release further information.

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ANN ARBOR, MI - A plane found crashed in Ontario, Canada, is connected to a missing University of Michigan student, police say.

The graduate student - who has not been identified - was last seen Wednesday, March 15, said Diane Brown, spokeswoman for the University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security. He rented a small plane at the Ann Arbor Airport that day.

The plane is believed to have crashed 11:38 p.m. Wednesday night, about 60 kilometers, or about 37.3 miles, east of the town of Marathon, according to a release from the Ontario Provincial Police. Marathon appears to be about 463 miles northwest of Ann Arbor, by air. 

The student was not in the wreckage, Brown said.

In addition, Sgt. Peter Leon, media coordinator for Ontario police, said there was nothing to suggest the pilot was in the plane at the time of the crash. Officials searched the nearby area, but the pilot has not been located. 

The Ontario police department has completed their portion of the investigation, and The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating the crash, Leon said. 

Brown said she hopes to release further information about the missing person case later.

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Provincial police and Transportation Safety Board officials are investigating the crash of a small plane about 60 kilometres east of Marathon.

Police said that a Cessna 172P Skyhawk, rented out of Ann Arbor, Mich., crashed on Wednesday at about 11:30 p.m. north of White River.

The airplane was located by the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre and Search and Rescue technicians, police said. The OPP also had a helicopter on scene that was dispatched out of Thunder Bay.

A TSB spokeswoman said that two investigators would be on site by this morning.

Police said the pilot of the plane was not found at the scene of the crash. A subsequent search of the area for him was unsuccessful, police said.

OPP said that the University of Michigan Police Department is investigating an associated missing person incident in relation to the White River plane crash.

The OPP investigation continues.

University of Michigan Police public information officer Diane Brown said late Friday that police are conducting a missing person investigation involving a graduate student.

“The investigation began Wednesday evening and we have learned that he had rented an airplane at the Ann Arbor airport. That plane was then found crashed in Ontario. The pilot was not found with the plane, and has not been found as of yet,” she said.

University police are not releasing the student’s name just yet, she said, “as we are working with his family members.”

Source:   http://www.chroniclejournal.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Maybe he fell out of the aircraft whilst taking scenic pictures......

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Contact me if you are around and are interested for a fun flight!

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