My classmate from Oakwood University and colleague in ministry, Elder William Perguson II, died in this tragic plane crash. Please remember his bereaved family in your prayers. Sad day.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — The pilot of a small plane died after crashing at the W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek.
Police identified the pilot as 48-year-old William Carlson Pergerson II of Berrien Springs. He was a pastor with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, according to police.
Pergerson was the only person in the single-engine aircraft when the crash happened around 8:20 p.m. Thursday.
Authorities say the experimental aircraft — which means it has an “experimental” category airworthiness certificate and includes most kit-built aircraft — was having some time of difficulty shortly after takeoff. He attempted to land the aircraft twice. The second time he crashed into a grass field near one of the runways and the aircraft caught fire.
“They were in communication with the control tower the whole time and I don’t think they even left the airport property, it came back and tried to land and…
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