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Lyon Township Plane Crash to Home Leaves Several Fatalities


Lyon Township’s plane crash into a house Saturday afternoon was small but fatal enough to kill at least three people on board, including the former president of Metro Detroit’s home builders group. Our thoughts and prayers are with victims and their families.

in addition to plane owner David S. Compo who was an experienced, licensed pilot, his wife Michele and their college-age son Dawson were lost their lives in the crash when their private plane smashed into a home half a mile north of the New Hudson airport, the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan reported Saturday night in a statement. 

The late pilot had flown to Canton, Georgia, on Dec. 29, and the family came back home Saturday when the crash happened, the home builders group added. 

At the time of crash, the plane was traveling to the New Hudson airport from Cherokee County Regional Airport in Canton, Georgia.

What Led to Lyon Township Plane Crash?

The cause of crash is no clear yet but the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. 

The crash reportedly occurred at approximately 4 p.m. in a neighborhood near Pontiac Trail and Grand River in Lyon Township. The neighborhood is about a 10-minute drive away from New Hudson Airport. There was a heavy presence of Emergency crews around the home Saturday night on Dakota Drive after the single-engine Piper PA-24 plane crashed.

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“You couldn’t even see the house, it was so much smoke,” stated Chase Southwick, who lives nearby. “There was a huge cloud of smoke, really tall flames and we thought the whole house was going to be gone.”

ALthough the residents of the home could not get out of the house, fortunately, the family of five who lives in the home made it out safely.

The family was in the living room getting ready to watch a movie. They all went into the kitchen to get snacks and then the plane crashed right in the living room moments later, apparently, God saved them. The house was then engulfed in fire.

According to FlightAware.com, the plane took off at 12:51 p.m. and was scheduled to land at 4:11 p.m.

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