NTSB and FAA investigate fatal plane crash that killed instructor and injured student

BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, Michigan. – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continue to investigate the cause of a fatal plane crash Monday, June 10, in Washtenaw County.

Authorities confirmed that Kevin Kreger, a 46-year-old man from Dearborn, was the instructor who died in the accident. A 22-year-old student – a man from North Carolina who was studying at the University of Michigan – was injured.

—> What we know about the plane crash in Washtenaw County that killed a flight instructor and injured a student

Ron Jansen owns the property where the crash occurred. He and many others will be patiently awaiting the results of the NTSB investigation into the mid-air events that led to the death of a flight instructor and a student who suffered life-threatening injuries.

“It’s a shame, but what can you do?” said Jansen. “At the moment we don’t know if it was his first mission. Whether he did something he shouldn’t have done. Whether it was a fuel failure? We just have to wait until everything develops so we know exactly what happened.”

Kreger was an instructor at Solo Aviation in Dearborn at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport, the same location from which the single-engine plane took off before it crashed. Jansen said he saw the survivor being recovered from the wreckage.

“He was definitely showing signs that he might be OK,” Jansen recalled. “He was making hand gestures and arm movements and things like that.”

Kreger also reportedly worked as a chiropractor with his own practice in Dearborn. He leaves behind a family that is devastated by the loss. A letter was sent to Mercy High School, where his son attends. The school released a statement that said in part: “We at Mercy High School extend our deepest sympathies to the Kreger family during this difficult time. Our sincere prayers are with the family as they grieve this great loss.”

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