Small Planes Crashes on Interstate in Michigan, Killing Pilot and Three Passengers

Authorities say a small plane crash on an interstate in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has killed the pilot and three others.

Mackinac County Sheriff officials say a 13-year-old boy who was "ejected" from the plane remains hospitalized and that he was the only survivor of the crash that happened about 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say the twin engine Beachcraft Model 58 that is registered out of state was airborne less than 1,000 feet before encountering trouble after taking off from Mackinac County Airport. The plane flipped after striking a median barrier on I-75, The Associated Press reports.

Airport officials say the plane was taking off just after 5:10 p.m. when it crashed 100 feet off the end of the runway and immediately burst into flames.

Southbound lanes of I-75 at exit 348 were shut down for several hours while crews cleaned-up the crash. Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the cause, reports.

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