A single-propeller seaplane crashed into a dock near a home on the St. Clair River in Clay Township, Mich., April 1, 2010. (photo courtesy WDIV)
Updated: Friday, 02 Apr 2010, 10:05 AM EDT
Published : Thursday, 01 Apr 2010, 2:51 PM EDT
CLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A single-engine seaplane crashed into a dock near a home on the St. Clair River, killing the 80-year-old pilot.
The St. Clair County sheriff's department says the Grosse Pointe man was flying the plane about 1 p.m. Thursday when witnesses said the plane circled, went sideways and crashed into a dock in Clay Township.
His name wasn't immediately released.
Dock owner Ronald Mikolajczyk tells the Times Herald of Port Huron he heard a propeller buzzing and then the sound of the plane hitting the dock.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Corey says the pilot was the only person aboard. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the crash about 30 miles northeast of Detroit.