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Pilot Killed In Plane Crash In Ontonagon County

UPDATE:  The pilot killed in Saturday’s plane crash has been identified as 36-year-old Jack Maccani of Ironwood.  An autopsy will be performed as required by the FAA and NTSB.

Undersheriff Witt of the Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Department will accompany FAA and NTSB personnel to the site today. DNR Porcupine Mountain Argo and Rockland Fire Dept Argo will be used to access the area.

More information will be given pending the FAA and NTSB reports.


The Ontonagon Sheriff’s Department received information in regards to a possible missing airplane in Ontonagon County.

The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department received information on Saturday August 3 that an aircraft had departed the Gogebic County Airport destined for the Ontonagon Airport.

The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department reported that the aircraft, a mid-1960’s Piper Cherokee 180, did not arrive as scheduled.

Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department Deputies obtained the coordinates of the pilot’s last known cell phone location.

With assistance from the Civil Air Patrol, a more definitive location was obtained.

A ground search team comprised of law enforcement officers from the Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Department, Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department, United States Forest Service Law Enforcement, Michigan State Police Wakefield Post, and Porcupine Mountains State Park Rangers performed a ground search in an extremely remote and inaccessible area of Carp Lake Township, Ontonagon County.

The Civil Air Patrol provided aircraft and personnel to search from the air.

The aircraft was located by ground search personnel and the pilot/lone occupant was located deceased at the scene.

The name of the pilot has not yet been released pending notification of family members.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and will be performing an investigation.

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