Pilot dies in small plane crash in St. Clair County

KIMBALL TOWNSHIP (AP) — Authorities say a pilot of a small plane has died following a crash in Michigan.

The St. Clair County sheriff’s office started looking for the plane early Thursday following a report that it was overdue in arriving at the St. Clair County International Airport in Kimball Township, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Detroit. The crash was discovered next to softball fields near the airport.

The pilot was identified as 51-year-old Stephan Maisonneuve of Ottawa, Ontario. The sheriff’s office says he was pronounced dead at the scene and was the only person aboard.

The twin-engine Cessna had what the sheriff’s office described as extensive damage. Federal authorities planned to investigate the cause of the crash.