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.