UPDATE: Pilot identified in fatal plane crash in Ontonagon County

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Published: Aug. 4, 2019 at 9:33 AM EDT
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UPDATE August 5, 2:48 p.m.: Authorities in Ontonagon County have identified the pilot who was killed in a plane crash on Saturday.

Jack Maccani, 36, of Ironwood was taken to Portage View on Sunday, Aug. 4 for an autopsy by the FAA and NTSB, according to Ontonagon County Sheriff Dale Rantala.

Rantala said the plane is a mid-1960s Piper Cherokee 180.

The FAA and NTSB will be at the crash site to investigate Monday.



The Ontonagon Sheriff's Department received information in regards to a possible missing airplane in Ontonagon County on Saturday.

The Gogebic County Sheriff's Department had received information that an aircraft had departed from the Gogebic County Airport and was headed to the Ontonagon Airport. Officials reported that the aircraft did not arrive as scheduled.

Using the pilot's last known cell phone location coordinates, investigators performed a ground and air search in an extremely remote and inaccessible area of Carp Lake Township.

The aircraft was located by ground search personnel and the pilot/lone occupant was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the pilot has not yet been released.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and will be performing an investigation.

Assisting the Ontonagon County Sheriff's Department was the Gogebic County Sheriff's Department, Civil Air Patrol, United States Forest Service Law Enforcement, Michigan State Police Wakefield Post, Rockland Township Fire Department and Porcupine Mountains State Park Rangers.