Chassell, MI Private Plane Crash, Jul 1993


Chassell, Mich. (AP) - A Fairbanks man died and his passenger was critically injured when a single-engine plane crashed in a field.
Houghton County Sheriff's Department identified the pilot as CHARLES H. OHTONEN, 32, of Fairbanks. He was pronounced dead Thursday at a local hospital.
Chassell in northwest Michigan is about 40 miles northwest of Marquette.
The plane crashed in a field owned by OHTONEN, who is formerly of Chassell.
The Piper Tomahawk plane took off about 7 p.m. Thursday from a private airstrip in Chassell, the sheriff's department said.
GEORGE H. HONGISTO, 44, of Chino Valley, Ariz., was taken to Marquette General Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Friday.
Witnesses said the aircraft flew around the area for about two hours. Then, on another pass, the engine suddenly appeared to rev up, then die.
Federal investigators were searching for the cause of the crash.

Daily Sitka Sentinel Alaska 1993-07-12