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.