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Police identify 2 men killed in South Haven plane crash

Police have identified the victims as 70-year-old David Peahl, of Wayland, and 70-year-old Douglas Golike, of Lawton.

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — Two people were killed in a plane crash in South Haven Tuesday.

Police have identified them as 70-year-old David Peahl, of Wayland, and 70-year-old Douglas Golike, of Lawton.

Authorities in South Haven initially received a report of a missing plane around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Chicago.

The plane had left the airport early Tuesday morning and had not been heard from since. Authorities from the FAA, county police units, Michigan State Police and the U.S. Air Force began the search for the plane. 

The wreckage of the plane was located early Wednesday morning about a mile north of the South Haven Regional Airport, where the plane took off. Both occupants were found dead at the scene.

Police say Golike owned the plane, and Peahl was acting as an instructor during the flight. Both men were experienced pilots and instructors, their families say.

The plane was identified as a Piper Aerostar 600. 

The investigation has been turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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