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.