WHITEHALL, Michigan (WZZM) – An 80-year-old man is dead after his small aircraft crashed into the Whitehall water tower and landed near the Whitehall Public Schools’ athletic fields.
Whitehall Police Chief Roger Squiers says the pilot, an 80-year-old man who lives east of Whitehall, left the Fremont Airport about 45 minutes before the crash.
There was no indication that the plane was experiencing mechanical issues, according to Squiers. A resident told authorities the single-engine plane was flying level with no veering and no change of speed.
The FAA is expected to be on scene later this afternoon, Squires said. The aircraft will not be moved until the investigation is finished.
The City of Whitehall has shut off the water tower and will be testing it after the site is clear, as well as inspecting the integrity of the structure — which authorities don’t believe was harmed aside from the scuff mark on the front and a dent.