Christian Grahl of Coldwater, Michigan died when his plane went down near Rt. 129 in Nicholas County.
A worker at the Gerald L. Rader Field Airport in Summersville told WSAZ the pilot radioed that his plane was "taking on ice," causing the engine to fail. He tried to land in a field 5 miles west of the airport, but crashed while landing.
Grahl reportedly died at the scene. No other people were on board
According to the flight plan, he took off from the Branch County, Michigan airport about 11:30 and was flying to Raleigh, North Carolina.
The plane crashed just before 1pm near Poe off Route 129.
Here is information about the plane:
Aircraft Serial Number: 29-0060
Aircraft Manufacturer: MOONEY
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
Model: IO-550 SERIES
Aircraft Year: 1995
Owner Name: HANSEATIC AIR OF MICHIGAN INC
Owner Address: 621 N MICHIGAN RD
COLDWATER, MI, 49036-9685
Type of Owner: Corporation
Registration Date: 08-Jul-2003
Airworthiness Certificate Type: Standard
Approved Operations: Normal
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