Pilot, passenger in Alpena-area helicopter crash identified

Authorities on Tuesday identified two Macomb County men killed in a private helicopter crash in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula. Dan Logghe, 46, of Richmond was piloting the helicopter when it went down Friday in Caledonia Township, about 85 miles north of Bay City, said state police in Alpena. His passenger was Mark May, 34, of Sterling Heights. A hunter found the wreckage Monday morning on his property in a remote part of Alcona County. Relatives told police that Logghe was headed to a hunting cabin near Alpena, about 15 miles from the crash site.
AP Wire
Sep 28, 2011

Colleen Konieczny said she and her husband saw the aircraft go down but didn’t realize they were watching a crash, rather than a safe landing.

“We saw a helicopter coming down, and it was dropping and dropping and dropping, and then it went behind the trees so we didn’t see it, so we were kind of watching for smoke and stuff and we didn’t see any smoke or fire,” she told The Alpena News.

The helicopter was registered to Logghe Stamping Co. Inc., a family-owned metal stamping and assembly supplier in Fraser.

The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation into the crash.

“We investigate three areas: man, machine and environment,” said NTSB investigator Aaron Sauer. He said it was too early to tell if the crash was the result of human error, mechanical failure or something else.

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