Michigan plane crash: A Chicago couple, teenage niece and dog survive after engine loses power in Ray Township north of Detroit

RAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLS) — A Chicago couple and their teenage niece were injured after the small plane they were on crashed in southeast Michigan.

The 44-year-old pilot reported that the plane lost engine power after raising the landing gear, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Monday.

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He initiated an emergency landing shortly after takeoff around 3 p.m. Sunday from Ray Community Airport in Ray Township north of Detroit. The plane reached an altitude of about 100 feet before crashing near the runway, the sheriff’s office said.

The pilot, his 37-year-old wife and their 17-year-old niece suffered lacerations, broken bones and burns and were taken to a hospital. The Sheriff’s Department identified the three as Ronny Kamal, his wife Chirine Njeim and their niece Siena Kamal. Njeim is an Olympic alpine skier and marathon runner who competes for Lebanon.

All three suffered burns, cuts and broken bones. The couple’s dog, Charlie, was seen running away from the accident and was found Monday morning.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tom Vazquez

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