On Sunday, September 10th, 83-year-old Richard Martin took off from Dowagiac Municipal Airport in his small home-built airplane.

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He was supposed to return an hour later but went missing until search efforts made a sad discovery on Thursday, September 14th.

Sad Update On Michigan Pilot Who Went Missing On Sunday

Richard Martin took off from the Dowagiac Municipal Airport in his small home-built airplane around 11 a.m. Sunday morning.

Michigan Wing - Civil Air Patrol via Facebook
Michigan Wing - Civil Air Patrol via Facebook

The home-built airplane was well maintained according to Dowagiac Municipal Airport Manager Oscar Azevedo who said:

"The plane was well-maintained and Martin took great pride in it, flying on a regular basis.


He was supposed to fly for about 45 minutes and then return to the airport.

The Michigan Wing Civil Air Patrol Finds Missing Pilot

Michigan Wing - Civil Air Patrol via Facebook
Michigan Wing - Civil Air Patrol via Facebook

On Thursday evening The Michigan Wing Civil Air Patrol posted an update on Facebook.

This afternoon shortly before 4pm EDT, a Michigan State Police helicopter spotted a plane in dense woods about two miles north of Dowagiac, Michigan. Authorities on the ground verified it to be the plane of Richard Martin who was deceased in the plane. We would like to thank the public for all their tips in helping with the search, all the other agencies, and to the members of the Civil Air Patrol who put excellent work and long hours into this mission. Please keep Richard's family members in your thoughts during this time.


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