KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - The pilot killed when his airplane crashed near Pontiac was a Western Michigan University student.
All four people aboard the small Cessna that crashed just after takeoff at Oakland County International Airport Friday were killed, according to the Associated Press. Radio transmissions between the pilot, 19-year-old Troy Brothers, and the control tower indicated the plane was carrying too much weight.
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.
WMU Relations Executive Director Cheryl Roland said Brothers had completed his freshman year at WMU, taking classes in the aviation school.
He was set to transfer in the fall to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., to which he had received an appointment.
Jose had been with the Northfield Township Fire Department for a year-and-a-half. Northfield Township Public Safety and Fire Chief William Wagner said in a news release Saturday that Jose leaves behind a wife and three children.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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