Two men have died following a plane crash in Charlevoix County, according to the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies say on Monday around 1:28 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration reported that there was an airplane on radar that went off the radar near the Boyne Valley/Melrose Township line.
The Sheriff’s Office, along with Boyne City Police Department, Michigan State Police, Michigan DNR, Melrose Township Fire Department, Boyne Valley Township Fire Department, Boyne Valley EMS, and Boyne City EMS all responded to the last known area where the airplane was reported.
The plane was later found after a Michigan State Police helicopter responded from Lansing.
Deputies say the pilot, 61-year-old Kenneth Yott of Pontiac, MI and his passenger Corbin Kennedy, 21, of Howell, MI were flying to Boyne City airport when their Beechcraft King Air airplane crashed into a wooded area West of Romaniak Road in Melrose Township.
Deputies say both Yott and Kennedy were found dead in the airplane.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been contacted and are responding to the crash scene.