4 killed in Michigan small plane crash identified

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Emergency personnel looks over the scene of a plane crash at Oakland International Airport in Waterford, Mich., Friday, June 21, 2013. A pilot and three passengers have were killed after a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the airport northwest of Detroit. Airport spokesman Dave VanderVeen says the Cessna 172 went down about 1:40 p.m. Three people on board were killed instantly, while the fourth died later at a hospital. (AP Photo/The Oakland Press, Vaughn Gurganian)
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WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Officials say four people killed in a small plane crash northwest of Detroit were a 19-year-old pilot, his mother, stepfather and brother-in-law.

The Cessna 172 went down about 1:40 p.m. Friday at Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township.

Three of those aboard the private flight were killed instantly, while the fourth died later at a hospital.

The pilot was Troy Brothers of Fraser. The other victims were his 53-year-old mother Sandra Haley, 58-year-old stepfather James Haley, and 34-year-old brother-in-law Jamie Jose (JOHS).

Airport spokesman Dave VanderVeen says the pilot took off from a 5,600-foot runway designed for smaller planes and reached an altitude of about 100 feet before requesting permission to return.

The plane crashed in a field at the end of a runway seconds after takeoff.

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