Ann Arbor Ghost 172 Crashes In Ontario

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Authorities on both sides of the border are investigating the apparent ghost plane crash of a Michigan-based Cessna 172 in a remote area of Northern Ontario. According to the Wawa News, the plane crashed about 11:30 p.m. about halfway between Sault St. Marie and Thunder Bay near the north shore of Lake Superior, and there was no sign of a pilot. Local police reported the plane was empty, there were no tracks in the snow, no gas in the tanks and the autopilot was on. The crash site is about 400 NM from Ann Arbor, pretty close to the full-tanks range of the 172.

The University of Michigan Police have reported the aircraft is related to a missing person case they’re working on. They’re also not releasing any details of that investigation except to say that the plane was rented. Canada dispatched a military search and rescue aircraft and dropped search and rescue technicians to the crash site. Its Transportation Safety Board has joined the head scratching on the crash.

Comments (6)

Doesn't sound too mysterious. The pilot set the autopilot and jumped out.

The only question is whether he had a parachute on.

Posted by: Joshua Levinson | March 19, 2017 9:59 PM    Report this comment

The ELT worked !

Posted by: Ray Toews | March 20, 2017 9:13 AM    Report this comment

The ELT worked!

Posted by: Ray Toews | March 20, 2017 9:14 AM    Report this comment

My guess? At some point, the body will wash ashore in Lake Superior.

Posted by: Michael Dean | March 20, 2017 10:01 AM    Report this comment

Not much of a mystery. Pilot probably had financial problems or was in some other mess, parachuted out over MI, and hoped the plane would crash into Lake Superior.

Posted by: Seth Hensel | March 20, 2017 11:16 AM    Report this comment

Anyone missing any money? D B Cooper

Posted by: Gary Olson | March 20, 2017 1:26 PM    Report this comment

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