Woman killed in plane crash near Brighton Airport - New York News

Victims identified in plane crash near Brighton Airport

Posted: Updated:
BRIGHTON, Mich. (WJBK) -

We now know the identities of the man and woman who were involved in Saturday's plane crash.  

PILOT:  Walter Davenport, age 79, of Brighton, MI.  He is currently hospitalized at the University of Michigan Hospital.

PASSENGER: Ana Ortega, age 56, citizen of Costa Rica.  Deceased at crash scene.

A 1940s-era, single-engine plane crashed Saturday morning in a swampy area near a southeastern Michigan airport, killing a female passenger and critically injuring the male pilot, authorities said.

Click on the video player to watch Robin Schwartz's report.

Brighton Area Fire Authority Fire Chief Michael O'Brian said the two-seat aircraft crashed in a wooded area on the edge of Woodland Lake near Brighton Airport in Livingston County. He said the pilot was extricated from the plane and flown to University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor, about 20 miles south of the crash.

Michigan State Police Lt. Dan Davis said authorities were not releasing the names of the victims until all family members were notified, but the pilot is a 79-year-old from Brighton who owns the plane. Davis said the woman was 56.

O'Brian said the plane took off from the small airport and crashed about a quarter of a mile away. Crews were trying to contain a fuel leak at the crash site, but it is full of trees and cattails and difficult to get into, he said.

"Crews had to cut a path," O'Brian said. "When they got to the edge of the water, they basically had to wade through the swampy area with their tools."

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said it's unclear why the plane crashed, and the FAA is assisting the National Transportation Safety Board in investigating the crash.

O'Brian said it appears the pilot was attempting to turn the plane around at the time of the crash, based on how it landed. He said the tail is bent and the front of the plane is buried "pretty significantly."

According to FAA records, the Aeronca 7AC two-seater was built in 1946.

  • Robin SchwartzRobin SchwartzMore>>

  • Hazel Park man who lied about assault charged with home invasion

    Hazel Park man who lied about assault charged with home invasion

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:24 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:24:41 GMT
    Holloway said he was jumped by a group of guys over a cigarette. But the story unraveled and Holloway was lying. A woman who saw the story said that Holloway broke into her home and was caught by her boyfriend who delivered the beating.
    Holloway said he was jumped by a group of guys over a cigarette. But the story unraveled and Holloway was lying. A woman who saw the story said that Holloway broke into her home and was caught by her boyfriend who delivered the beating.
  • 2 men killed after one sets the other on fire

    2 men killed after one sets the other on fire

    Friday, September 12 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-09-13 00:47:07 GMT
    Detroit Police tell us that two men were killed Friday morning at a home on Springwells street in southwest Detroit after an apparent domestic turned deadly.
    Detroit Police tell us that two men were killed Friday morning at a home on Springwells street in southwest Detroit after an apparent domestic turned deadly.
  • Woman killed in shooting in Inkster

    Woman killed in shooting in Inkster

    Friday, September 12 2014 8:22 PM EDT2014-09-13 00:22:50 GMT
    Police in Inkster are investigating a shooting that has left a 26-year-old woman dead tonight.
    Police in Inkster are investigating a shooting that has left a 26-year-old woman dead tonight.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • NY grand jury to weigh charges for Tony Stewart

    NY grand jury to weigh charges for Tony Stewart

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:43:05 GMT
    A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said he made the decision to present the case to a grand jury after reviewing evidence collected by county sheriff's investigators.
    A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said he made the decision to present the case to a grand jury after reviewing evidence collected by county sheriff's investigators.
  • Boater gets prison for fatal Hudson River crash

    Boater gets prison for fatal Hudson River crash

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:18 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:18:53 GMT
    A man who was drunk when he crashed a powerboat into a construction barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in jail. The victims' families, who say poor lighting on the barge was the main cause of the collision on the Hudson River, called the sentence "incomplete justice."
    A man who was drunk when he crashed a powerboat into a construction barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in jail. The victims' families, who say poor lighting on the barge was the main cause of the collision on the Hudson River, called the sentence "incomplete justice."
  • NY: Wal-Mart levied fake 'sugar tax' on soda

    NY: Wal-Mart levied fake 'sugar tax' on soda

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:53 PM EDT2014-09-16 18:53:56 GMT
    New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying stores were charging a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda.
    New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying some store personnel were citing a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda. Investigators say some consumers who complained were falsely told the state has a "sugar tax." They say the markup of more than 16 percent violated state laws.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices