Fifth Indiana man dies following plane crash in Michigan

Three people have died in a plane crash in Lansing and three passengers are reported to be in critical condition at Sparrow Hospital. (Source WILX)
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DEWITT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) (10/9/2019) - A fifth Indiana man has died following a small plane crash near a Michigan airport.

The 48-year-old pilot Joel Beavins died Sunday. His obituary was posted online by Swartz Family Community Mortuary in Franklin, Indiana.

Six men were aboard the single-engine plane, which crashed Oct. 3 outside Capital Region International Airport, near Lansing. The plane had departed from Indy South Greenwood Airport near Indianapolis.

The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report Wednesday. It described the plane as a single-engine Socata TBM 700 aircraft.

The report didn't reach a firm conclusion about the cause of the crash. But it notes that the plane was about 126 pounds over the maximum allowable landing weight when it crashed and about 3 inches past the center-of-gravity limit.

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