Names of men killed in South Haven plane crash released

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — The names of the two men killed in a plane crash near South Haven have been released.

The South Haven Police Department on Friday said they were 70-year-old plane owner Douglas Golike of Lawton and 70-year-old flight instructor David Peahl of Wayland.

The Federal Aviation Administration says their Piper Aerostar 600 departed the South Haven Regional Airport between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Police Chief Natalie Thompson said it appears the plane crashed shortly after it took off, but no one realized it until Tuesday evening when relatives said they hadn't heard from the men.

The plane was found Wednesday morning.

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