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    NTSB Details What Led Up to Cold War Plane Crash at Michigan Air Show

    NTSB Details What Led Up to Cold War Plane Crash at Michigan Air Show

    VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. ― Two pilots flying in an Ypsilanti show on Sunday were circling for a second pass when they experienced a “difficulty” with the plane's engine and ejected before it crashed in the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator said Monday.

    “The airplane had made one pass down the runway. … There were going to be three passes total, culminating in a landing. They were circling around for the second pass when they experienced the difficulty,” said NTSB Senior Air Safety Investigator John Brannen.

    After the plane hit the ground, it traveled around 500 feet through trees and landed near the Waverly on the Lake Apartments in Van Buren Township.

    The pilot — Daniel Filer of Texas, according to Federal Aviation Administration records — had “serious but not life-threatening injuries,” Brannen said during the Monday press conference. The co-pilot suffered minor injuries. It was unclear if the two pilots were still hospitalized Monday.

    The cause of Sunday's crash isn't known yet, but details emerged Monday as a team of experts started their investigation. Brannen said the plane experienced “engine loss-of- issues.”

    A team was on the scene late Monday morning, documenting it and coordinating with a recovery crew to take the airplane offsite to do further investigation. A preliminary report is expected in around 10 days, but it could…

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