A Cessna 172 Skyhawk has crashed in the wilderness north of White River, Ontario. The aircraft wreckage was found on March 17th, 2017. The Ontario Provincial Police and The Transportation Safety Board have investigated (TSB) the scene, and were unable to locate the pilot of the aircraft.
Superior Media spoke with Chris Krepski, Transportation Safety Board spokesperson. “What we know is that the aircraft left Ann Arbor Michigan, without a destination. It crashed near Manitouwadge, Ontario. No person was found in or near the aircraft – It’s being treated as a missing person case.”
“We (TSB) are responsible for investigating air accidents. In this case there was no person found in or near the aircraft, so this is being dealt with this as a missing person case, with the Michigan authorities. We’ve done what we can do at this point.” shared Krepski.
“The aircraft was rented in Ann Arbor Michigan – It is a Cessna 172, registered in the U.S.” he said.
“The Michigan State Police is not involved in this investigation.” said Shanon Banner, Manager, Public Affairs Section, Office of the Director, Michigan State Police. Banner referred Saultonline’s enquiries on to The University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security.
According to a statement, The University of Michigan’s Department of Public Safety and Security, spokesperson, Diane Brown shared, “The missing pilot is a male graduate student. He was last seen on Wednesday March 15th, 2017. The plane was rented at the Ann Arbor Airport on Wednesday.”
U of M’s spokesperson Diane Brown told saultonline that an updated report will be made available in the coming days.
The plane is believed to have crashed around midnight Wed. March 15th.
The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a four-seat, single-engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft made by the Cessna Aircraft Company.
Saultonline will update the story when more information becomes available.