- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

MANCELONA, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a small plane crash in 2012 that killed a pilot in Antrim County likely occurred because of power loss to an engine during takeoff.

The Traverse City Record Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1i3kNJD ), however, that investigators couldn’t determine why the power cut out on Nov. 21, 2012.

Deputies and state police found the body of 68-year-old Roger Crawford in Mancelona, about 30 miles northeast of Traverse City, on Nov. 23, 2012. Relatives contacted deputies after Crawford didn’t show up at a family gathering on Thanksgiving a day earlier.

The National Transportation Safety Board investigated. Documents posted online say the plane failed to maintain minimum control airspeed during takeoff. The plane plunged into a wooded area about a mile from the Lakes of the North community airstrip.

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, https://www.record-eagle.com

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