Final Ruling on Plane Crash That Killed Two Near St. Ignace

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Great Lakes Radio News UpdateMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)The National Traffic Safety Board’s final ruling has come in on the December 2011 Great Lakes Air crash in the Straits of Mackinac that killed the pilot and his only passenger.

52-year-old Amazon.com executive Thomas Phillips of Detroit, hired Great Lakes Air to fly him to his second home on Mackinac Island, when he and the pilot went missing. They were discovered near St. Ignace the next day, and the 29-year-old pilot, Joseph Pann was also killed.

The NTSB has ruled that the decision by Pann to fly in poor weather was the cause of the crash.

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