SOUTH HAVEN, Michigan (TSWT) — The names of the two men killed in a plane crash near South Haven were released Friday.
The men have been identified as 70-year-old plane owner Douglas Golike of Lawton and 70-year-old flight instructor David Peahl of Wayland, South Haven police said.
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The Federal Aviation Administration said the Piper Aerostar 600, originally reported by police as an Aerospace 600, took off from South Haven Regional Airport between 7am and 7:30am on Tuesday.
Police Chief Natalie Thompson said it appears the plane crashed shortly after it took off, but no one realized it until Tuesday night, when relatives said they hadn’t heard from the men.
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The plane was found around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, police said.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.
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