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Small plane crashes near Michigan airport, killing four

June 22, 2013 at 3:47 PM

WATERFORD, Mich., June 22 (UPI) -- A 19-year-old pilot, his mother, stepfather and brother-in-law were killed when his small plane crashed and burned near a Michigan airport, officials said.

Troy Brothers of Fraser, Mich., was about to report to the U.S. Naval Academy after being accepted as a midshipman, neighbors told the Detroit Free Press.

Brothers, his stepfather, James Haley, 58, and Jamie Jose, 34, a firefighter who lives in Lyon, Mich., were killed instantly in Friday's crash, officials said. Sandra Haley, 53, died soon after being taken to a hospital.

Officials at the Oakland County International Airport in Waterford said Brothers radioed the tower shortly after he took off, saying he needed to return to the airport.

"We're a little overweight," he can be heard saying on a recording authenticated by a federal investigator. "We're going to have to come back and land on this."

David VanderVeen, the county director of central services, said the plane crash-landed in a field just beyond the runway and then flipped over and burst into flames.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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