ST. IGNACE, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 4, 11:58 a.m.
After responding to a reported plane crash on Friday evening, Mackinac County Sheriff's Office deputies, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Michigan State Police dive team continued searching through the weekend, in the water and along the shore.
Additional debris has been found during that search. The MSP dive team is investigating areas of interest found with the side scan sonar and other specialized equipment.
On Sunday, September 2nd, divers located the engine and main cabin compartment of the plane and it was taken to a secure location for investigators to view and the pilot, who was not found in the aircraft, has since been identified as Milwaukee Assistant District Attorney Ronald Steven Dague.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John T. Chisholm has released a statement regarding the death of ADA Dague.
"Tragically, we learned that our colleague Assistant District Attorney Ronald S. Dague lost his life in an airplane accident last Friday night. Ron was a valued member of our General Crimes Unit and served with distinction in many capacities in the District Attorney’s Office since 1992."
"On behalf of the District Attorney’s Office and all our colleagues in the criminal justice system, I extend my deepest condolences to Ron’s family and friends at this difficult time. Ron was a gifted trial attorney, a devoted student of the law, and a passionate defender of equity, fairness, and justice. His advocacy helped build a safer community for everyone living in Milwaukee County.
"At a personal level, Ron was a devoted husband and father who deeply loved his family and his absence will be keenly felt. Please keep his wife and young daughter in your prayers. It was an honor to serve the public alongside Ron, and I wish his family peace at this most difficult and challenging time."
"I appreciate the professionalism and courtesy extended to the office and Ron’s family by the Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Coast Guard. The family has asked that their privacy be respected as they mourn their loss."
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 3, 5:48 p.m.
The pilot in Friday night's plane crash has been identified as 64-year-old Ronald Steven Dague from East Troy, Wisconsin. Dague is the Assistant District Attorney for Milwaukee County.
On Sunday, September 2nd, divers located the engine and main cabin compartment of the plane and it was taken to a secure location for investigators to view.
The pilot was not in the aircraft. Recovery efforts continue for the missing pilot's remains and to look for other critical debris.
The FAA and NTSB are also investigating this crash.
Police are investigating a plane crash that happened Friday night in St. Ignace.
Mackinac County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a possible plane crash at 9:49 p.m. Friday, near the Mackinac County Airport. Residents neat the airport reported seeing a plane possibly go into the water in Horseshoe Bay of Lake Huron.
Responding deputies found that a Wisconsin man, the pilot and only person aboard the plane, had just taken off from the St. Ignace airport in route to Mackinac Island. Residents report that the plane was flying low and banked to the side and then they heard the impact.
Deputies, U.S. Coast Guard and Mackinac Marine Rescue responded by boat to the area and found debris in the water. Search efforts went through the night, and also included St. Ignace Police and Fire Departments, Michigan State Police, a USCG helicopter, and the Michigan State Police dive team. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were also contacted and have joined the investigation.
Searching continued Saturday morning, where additional debris was found. MSP dive team is investigating the area as well with side scan sonar and other specialized equipment.
The pilot's name has not been released, pending notification of family members.
More information will be released as developments occur.