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      Ultra-light aircraft crashes in Pinconning

      Bay County Sheriff's Deputies inspect the crash site Wednesday morning.

      An ultra-light plane crash in Pinconning just after six a.m. Wednesday claimed the life of a Bay City dentist.

      Dr. Paul Rogers was flying in a pink gyroplane near Carl A. Gross Airport when the plane unexpectedly nose dived into a farm field.

      Investigators from the Bay County Sheriff's Department tell NBC25 Rogers appeared to be flying a close pattern near the airport when the plane went down.

      This is the second fatal crash in Mid-Michigan in the past three days.

      Monday, a vintage bi-plane crashed near Bancroft in Shiawassee County, killing a female passenger.

      In late March, a Piper Tri-Pacer also crashed while trying to land at Gross Airport, injuring the pilot.

      The gyroplane was produced by a company in Hastings called Honey Bee G2, LLC.

      Gross airport is located along I-75 north of Bay City near exit 181.