4 killed in Mich. plane crash

Four people were killed when a small plane crashed during takeoff Friday afternoon at Oakland County International Airport, in Waterford Township.

FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory said Friday the four-seat Cessna 172 crashed during takeoff at around 1:40 p.m. An ambulance and medical helicopter are on the scene.

Detroit television station WDIV-TV reports that the plane was just 100 feet off the ground during a take off when the pilot requested to return and land.

J. David VanderVeen, director of central services for Oakland County, said seconds later, the plane went down and burst into flames.

Three of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The fourth was rushed to a hospital, but died.

The airport remains closed as of late Friday afternoon as federal air safety investigators head to the scene to try to determine what caused the crash.