MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WAVY) - A Hampton man was among two people found dead after a single engine plane went down in Lake Michigan Saturday.
The U.S. Coast Guard was notified of the incident around 4 p.m. Saturday after the plane departed from Racine, Wis.
The 1975 Piper Cherokee with low wings and a single engine was found about 42' underwater with two deceased men still seat belted, a medical examiner's report obtained by WAVY.com stated. The plane was shattered into several pieces.
One of the bodies was identified as Noah Morteza Favaregh, 31. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office said Favaregh's driver's license indicated he was from Hampton.
The second body was identified as William George Gensler of Wisconsin.
The medical examiner's report further stated Favaregh's sister-in-law contacted the ME and told investigators Favaregh and his wife had just purchased an airplane out of Chicago. Favaregh reportedly went to Chicgao to have a ‘pre-check' performed before purchasing and signing the paperwork for the aircraft.
Favaregh's sister-in-law said Gensler performed the pre-check and was then hired by Favaregh to fly him to Appleton Airport for an air show. Gensler was then going to fly Favaregh back to Chicago and Favaregh was going to fly himself back to Virginia.
Favaregh, an aerospace engineer who worked as a contractor with AMA, Inc. at NASA Langley, did have his pilot license, the report said.
The cause of the crash has not yet been released. Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing story.
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