RAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (CBS DETROIT/AP) — A Chicago couple and their teenage niece were injured after the small plane they were traveling in crashed in Ray Township.
The 44-year-old pilot reported the plane lost engine power after the landing gear was raised, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Monday.
It initiated an emergency forced landing shortly after taking off around 3 p.m. Sunday from Ray Community Airport in Ray Township, north of Detroit. The plane reached a height of about 100 feet before crashing near the runway, the sheriff’s office said.
The pilot, his wife of 37 years and his 17-year-old niece suffered lacerations, broken bones and burns and were taken to a hospital.
Authorities say the couple has since been released and the teen is in stable condition.
A 6-month-old golden retriever that was on board the plane was seen running away after the crash. The sheriff’s office said the dog was found and was “returned to their owners.”
The accident is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
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