NEWS RELEASE - September 2, 2020
The Midland County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a plane that had crash landed in a farm field. The field is located to the east of North Sturgeon Road north of East Shaffer Road in Mills Township. The crash was reported at approximately 12:45 pm on September 1, 2020.
The pilot/co-owner of the aircraft was William Granger, age 64, from Lake City, MI. He was flying his white 1959 Piper PA 24-250 Comanche single engine plane, FAA registration number N5939P. The passenger in the plane was the pilot’s wife, Dorothy Granger, age 64.
The initial investigation revealed that Mr. Granger was flying in a northwesterly direction when he started to have engine trouble. While coming in for an emergency landing in the field, the plane struck a large grass covered mound of dirt before coming to rest.
Mr. Granger was transported to MMMC-Midland by EMS in critical condition. Mrs. Granger was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Deputies from the Midland County Sheriff’s Office were assisted at the scene by Mills Fire Rescue, Larkin Fire Rescue, MidMichigan EMS and Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Dennis Wagner.
The investigation has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Sheriff Scott Stephenson