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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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