Report: Aircraft crash due to mid-air break-up

CASCO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – The fatal aircraft accident in Allegan County was caused by “an inflight break-up,” according to a National Transportation Safety Board report.

The preliminary cause report issued earlier this month said the aircraft hit the ground after the break-up and that the pilot was fatally injured.

The body of 45-year-old Craig Ewing and debris from the two-seater plane were discovered on Aug. 11 by a Michigan State Police helicopter in the area of 111th Street east of 68th Street, north of South Haven.

Ewing was flying a Revo light sport aircraft.

The National Weather Service issued an airmen’s meteorological advisory on Aug. 11 due to low cloud ceilings and visibility below three miles, but weather doesn’t appear to be a factor in the crash.

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