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Commuter Plane Crashes in Michigan

Posted January 9, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— A Delta Airlines commuter plane has crashed in Monroe County, Michigan. Emergency crews are on the scene attempting to extinguishing flames.

The crash occurred about five miles northwest of Monroe County Fairgrounds. Experts eyewitnesses say the plane fell nearly straight down and exploded. There was no indication that an emergency landing was being attempted and it is not known if wintry weather conditions in the area contributed to the crash.

The FAA says the plane was an Embraer 120 and that there were 25 passengers and three crew members on the plane. Sources say there were no survivors. The plane crashed just after take-off in nearby Detroit.

Details are sketchy. WRAL TV5 First News at 5 and WRAL OnLine will bring you new developments as details become available.