August 16, 2022

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Homebuilder’s aircraft clipped tree before crashing into Lyon Twp. home, witness tells aviation authorities

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Federal aviation officials are seeking into a witness report that a private aircraft that crashed into a Lyon Township household on Saturday clipped a tree prior to putting the residence.

The plane was piloted by Northville homebuilder David S. Compo, who died along with his spouse and son in the fiery crash. The home’s occupants properly fled after the crash.

“We have a witness report that the airplane struck a tree and then struck the household,” explained Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Protection Board, on Sunday evening. “That is the data we have. We do not have any surveillance online video to our expertise.

“The weather conditions was overcast, and the witness did say that the plane emerged from the cloud deck and shortly thereafter struck the tree, and then struck the home.”