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Air traffic rerouted from Sanderson airfield (update, 3 photos)

Names of deceased, both Sault, Ontario males, not yet released

An official with Sanderson Municipal Airport in Sault Ste. Marie Mich. has told SooToday two people are deceased after a light plane crashed at the airfield at approximately 10 a.m. Saturday.

There were no survivors, the official said.

"A Canadian registered homebuilt aircraft departed Sault Ste. Marie (Michigan) Municipal Airport, stalled and nose dived to the ground near the runway. We have been told by local law enforcement officials that there are two fatalities," confirmed Tony Molinaro, US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesperson in an email to SooToday.

"The FAA will be on site to begin an investigation. The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) will lead the investigation," Molinaro wrote.

Air traffic was diverted to Chippewa airfield in Kinross after the fatal crash.

"Family members of the deceased have been notified. The FAA and NTSB have been notified and have agents responding to the scene to conduct the crash investigation. Sanderson airfield will be closed until further notice," said Sault Michigan Police Sgt. Francis DeSchano, speaking to SooToday.

DeSchano said the two crash victims are Sault, Ontario males.

Darren Taylor

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Darren Taylor is a news reporter and photographer in Sault Ste Marie. He regularly covers community events, political announcements and numerous board meetings. With a background in broadcast journalism, Darren has worked in the media since 1996.
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