Small plane crashes into garage in Michigan city

By the Associated Press | June 24, 2011 | 10:00 PM EDT

CHARLEVOIX, Mich. (AP) — A small, single-engine plane has crashed into a garage in a residential area near an airport in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig told The Associated Press on Friday night that two people were on board the plane that had taken off from Smith Field in Fort Wayne, Ind., earlier in the day. Their conditions weren't immediately confirmed.

Herwig says at least one person on the ground was seriously injured.

The crash occurred about 8 p.m. just north of Charlevoix Municipal Airport, about 165 miles north of Grand Rapids, along Lake Michigan's northeastern shore.

Fifteen-year-old witness Timmy Schut (skut) tells the AP he heard a "big boom," walked to the crash site and saw "the whole back end of the plane" broken off and "debris everywhere."