Twin-Engine Plane Crashes in Residential Area; 2 Dead
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) _ A twin-engine corporate airplane crashed into the carport of an apartment complex minutes after taking off Wednesday, killing both people aboard but causing no injuries on the ground, authorities said.
″The plane appeared to have engine failure and was unable to gain altitude,″ said Chris Lentini, manager of the Oakland-Troy Airport, from which the Cessna 421 took off around 1:15 p.m.
Three cars were destroyed and the roof of one building was damaged, said Betty Ferguson, a police dispatcher in this community about 20 miles north of Detroit.
Large pieces of the charred plane were scattered in the apartment complex parking lot, witnesses said.
John Cade, 37, of Marinette, Wis., chairman of the board of the Farmington, Conn.-based Edac Technologies Corp., was killed in the crash of the eight-seat airplane, said Andrew Galante, controller of Time Engineering Inc. Time Engineering is a division of Edac.
The pilot was identified as Robert F. Slajus, 50, of Carney, said police dispatcher Pat Brace.
Weather in the area was overcast and airplanes were operating under visual, rather than instrument, flight rules, said a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman who did not identify herself.