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      Pilot with Traverse City ties killed in plane crash

      Richard Hayward, 63, and Mark Kozan, 49 of Caro were killed Saturday afternoon when a small plane crashed in a field in Shiwassee County.

      A pilot from Vassar, with Traverse City ties, and his passenger are dead following a plane crash.

      Richard Hayward, 63, and Mark Kozan, 49 of Caro were killed Saturday afternoon when the Nanchang CJ-6 crashed in a field in Shiwassee County.

      Hayward's daughter, Holly Thomas, and three grandchildren live in Traverse City.

      "He died doing what he loved most - flying," wrote Thomas.

      Hayward, a licensed pilot since he was 14-years-old, bought the plane in 2012.

      The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the crash.

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