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GLAA Alumnus Dead, Pilot Injured,
in Plane Crash

BY AR STAFF
 
ne person is dead and another in serious condition after a single-engine plane crashed during takeoff from the Great Lakes Adventist Academy (GLAA) airstrip October 11. 
 
Local media report the Cessna crashed about 1:30 p.m. in the backyard of a home located about half a mile from the airstrip. The pilot, Joseph Edward Hoffman, 37, of Beaverton, Michigan, was reported in serious condition and taken to a Flint hospital. The single passenger, Royal Marsh, 60, of Hope, Michigan, was killed. He was a member of the Edenville, Michigan,  Seventh-day Adventist church.
 
Marsh and his wife, Shirley, were attending GLAA’s annual Alumni Weekend event when the tragedy occurred.
 
“Royal was a 1969 graduate of Cedar Lake Academy [now Great Lakes Adventist Academy],” Arlene Leavitt, GLAA’s assistant Development/Alumni director, told the Adventist Review. “His wife graduated in ’68. They were here for Shirley’s fortieth reunion.”
 
The crash is under investigation by the Federation Aviation Administration.
 
                                                                                                                                                        —AR staff

 
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