Authorities ID victims in fatal plane crash at Livingston County airport

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The victims in Aug. 20, 2019, crash at the Livingston County Spencer J. Hardy Airport in Howell Township have been identified by authorities as James Tafralian, 68, of Webberville, and Philip Henry Colmer, 64, of Chelsea.

The two were killed at approximately 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, when the single-engine, four-passenger Aero Commander plane they were in crashed as it attempted to take off.

Deputies from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, Howell Area Fire, and Livingston County EMS, responded to crash.

The FAA has turned the crash over to the National Transportation Safety Board, which is now the lead investigative agency on the case. Updates will be posted at, and according to the FAA, the investigation can take up to a year or more to complete.

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