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Western Michigan University Student dies in a small plane crash near Flint


MT.MORRIS TOWNSHIP (WKZO) -- Another WMU student has died in a small plane crash, the second this summer.

The FAA says 20-year-old Bryce Frownfelter of Fenton  had taken off from Dalton Airport near Flint to take a flying lesson with 82-year-old Flight instructor Jerry Zerbe early Wednesday.

Family members became concerned when they didn’t arrive at Owosso Community Airport, just 20 miles away. A State Police Helicopter found the wreckage about 5 miles from Dalton Airport Wednesday afternoon.

WMU Spokesperson Cheryl Roland says Frownfelter was a student in good standing and enrolled to return this fall.  He was a general education student who had not declared a major.  Roland says they have reached out to the family to offer their condolences and offer any support they can. 

She says he was not enrolled in their Aviation school, but was taking private lessons. 

Just last month 19-year-old Troy Brothers, who had spent his freshman year at the WMU Aviation School and was headed to the U.S. Naval Academy, died when a small plane he was piloting crashed in Oakland County, also killing his mother, stepfather and brother in law.