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.
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 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