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UPDATE: Deadly Plane Crash in Emmet County

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 In this update, federal investigators have officially taken over the investigation into a plan crash in Emmet County.

One man is dead following a plane crash in McKinley Township, near Pellston in Emmet County.

26-year-old Jeffrey Salles was the pilot and only person on the plane.

Salles is originally from Louisiana, but had most recently lived in the Lansing area where he worked for Martinaire Aviation.

The company's Chief Operating Officer tells us Salles just started at the Texas-based company, in December.

Salles, who was destined for Lansing, had stopped at the Pellston Regional Airport Tuesday night to refuel.

Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin says the plane cleared the runway around 8:50 p.m., and that it appears to have crashed shortly after.

We spoke with the Pellston Regional Airport Manager, who said from the time the plane landed to when it took off, everything seemed fine.

At 10:45 p.m. the Emmet County Sheriff's Office was notified that the plane was missing.

The plane involved was a 1994 Cessna Model 208 B, which was leased to Martinaire Aviation, out of Addison, Texas.

Emmet County Search and Rescue along with Emmet County Sheriff's Deputies found the aircraft in a wooded area near the intersection of Camp and Durkalic Roads.

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