ORANGE, Mich. - A Lake George man, owner of a prominent logging enterprise, was killed in a plane crash Saturday after encountering inclement weather over the Great Lakes and after multiple flight diversions in search of a suitable location to land, authorities said.
Keith Harris, 47, of Lake George was flying his six-seat Cessna 206 from St. Paul, Minn. en route to the Lake George region, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported this week. After encountering snow and ice conditions, Harris diverted to Cherry Capital Airport and then Elk Rapids, but could not land the aircraft at either location, the newspaper said. Harris then turned towards Kalkaska Airport, crashing in a residential neighborhood near the field.
Eyewitnesses have told National Transportation Safety Board investigators that Harris circled twice over the airport before clipping a tree top and slamming into a home, the Associated Press reported.
Some speculated that ice build-up on Harris' plane might have been a factor.
Harris was alone in the aircraft and the occupants of the destroyed home escaped injury as they were outside shoveling snow, the Record-Eagle reported.
The NTSB and the Kalkaska County Medical Examiner have not as of yet released any information regarding why the plane crashed or Harris's autopsy results, the Record-Eagle reported Tuesday.
The investigation into the crash is continuing, authorities said Tuesday.
Harris was the owner of Keith Harris Logging in Lake George.