****Update****Michigan State Police confirm both of the occupants in the single engine plane died in the crash.
The preliminary investigation shows the aircraft departed Dalton Airport in Flushing Township around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and did not return at 9 a.m. as scheduled. Concerned family members contacted the airport after not hearing from one of the victims. Michigan State Police was contacted by the Air Force Rescue Center and activated MSP aviation. Trooper 2 spotted the downed aircraft near the airport and guided ground officers to the crash site.
The FAA and the NTSB have been notified and are en route to the scene.
According to Tony Molinaro, the FAA Spokesman for the Great Lakes Region out of Chicago, a small engine Taylor craft flying from Dalton Airport to Owosso Airport has crashed about a half-mile from Dalton Airport.
A family member reported the missing plane Wednesday morning.
Molinaro tells NBC25, local law enforcement located the plane late Wednesday afternoon about a half-mile from Dalton Airport. The FAA was told by local officials on the ground that two people where onboard and both were reported deceased at the scene.
The plane, with the tail number N36466, is registered to the Father John 77 Flying Club out of Flushing, according to the FAA website.
This is one of two planes registered to the flying club.
The investigation is now being handed over to the National Transportation Safety Board.
According to the Michigan State Police, a plane has crashed in Genesee County.
It happened shortly after 4 p.m. near Dalton Airport in Mt. Morris Township.
Michigan State Police have a helicopter in the air searching for the wreckage.
We will have more information on air and online as it becomes available.