Businessman, His Wife, and 18-Year-Old Son Killed After Small Plane Crashes Into Michigan Home as Family-of-Five Inside Escape Unharmed

Victims: Business man and experienced pilot David S. Compo, 60, his wife Michelle, 55, and their 18-year-old son Dawson died in the fiery crash

A small plane flying from Georgia crashed into a house and burst into flames in southeastern Michigan, killing the pilot, his wife and son on board.

The crash took place Saturday around 4pm when the single-engine Piper PA-24 plane suddenly plummeted into a two-story home, just north of the Oakland/Southwest Airport in Lyon Township, Michigan.

David S. Compo, 60, his wife Michelle, 55, and their 18-year-old son Dawson died in the fiery crash, the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan said Saturday night.

Compo had just retired as president of the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan on New Years Eve.

Compo, an experienced pilot, had flown to Canton, Georgia on December 29 and the family was returning home to Michigan in their private plane on Saturday when the tragedy struck.

A family-of-five was inside the home when the plane hit, but escaped unharmed. But the residence was severely damaged by fire in Lyon Township, located 40 miles northwest of Detroit.

A small plane flying from Georgia to Michigan crashed into a home near a local airport and engulfed it in flames, killing three people on board the aircraft
A family-of-five was inside the home when the plane hit, but escaped unharmed. A view of the tail of the small plane above protruding from the side of the home

The family had been in the living room getting ready to watch a movie and went into the kitchen to get snacks when the plane crashed into the living room moments later and engulfed the house in flames.

The family’s cat died, according to WDIV.

At the scene the bashed remains of the small white plane were seen protruding from the home.

Compo (left) had just retired as president of the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan on New Years Eve. Compo was also the president and co-founder of Compo Builders Inc., based in Novi.
18-year-old son Dawson Compo pictured
The Lyon Township Fire Department shared these photos showing the extensive damage the house suffered
Firefighters pictured descending upon the scene on Saturday afternoon
Firefighters pictured outside and inside the home after the fire exploded

Compo was also the president and co-founder of Compo Builders Inc., based in Novi, according to the company’s website.

‘We were fortunate to have David leading our team for 2020,’ Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan CEO Michael Stoskopf said in a statement, as per ClickOnDetroit.

‘His involvement, professionalism and experience over the years have been great assets to our organization and he has been a true friend to me as we faced challenge after challenge during this past year,’ he added.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Marlene Lenthang

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