Local residents are reporting that a private aircraft has crashed near the Dalton Airfield on Pierson Road near Flushing, Michigan. According to Facebook postings, an aircraft crashed at approximately 4:15 p.m. local time on July 17. It is believed that the pilot and a passenger may have perished in the incident.
Multiple sirens could be heard throughout the area, which is adjacent to Flint, Michigan. The Flushing fire brigade has been called on an Alert 3 to the airport and are currently searching for the aircraft in a densely forested area nearby. Units are still unable to find the downed aircraft and it is unknown whether it is burning.
The Dalton airfield has long been in service for light private aircraft. There are a number of homes surrounding the airfield, some of which have their own hangars. It is located on Pierson Road, which is a heavily trafficked thoroughfare between Flint and suburban Flushing. There are numerous homes and businesses in the area.
UPDATE: Reports are coming from the field that a plane has been spotted, nose down, in a vacant field between Wilber Street and Luce Road in Flushing Township. The field is on the approach to Dalton airfield. There are reports that there may be survivors on board. Fire units have requested specialized equipment, known as 'jaws of life', to extricate a victim from the plane.
UPDATE: 4:43 PM. Reports have emerged that there are two persons confirmed dead in the July 17 crash.