By the Associated Press

Published by Freep.com

VANDERBILT — State police have released the identities of two people killed when their small plane crash-landed along a northern Michigan freeway.

Troopers said today the victims are two Gaylord men: 52-year-old pilot Patrick J. McNamara and his 32-year-old passenger, Christopher A. Hasty.

The crash happened early Tuesday evening on southbound Interstate 75 near Vanderbilt, about 235 miles north of Detroit.

Witnesses reported seeing the two-seat plane circle the freeway before crashing along the shoulder.

A separate small-plane crash Tuesday morning at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport in southwest Michigan killed a Canadian man, 60-year-old pilot James George Wilton of Ontario. No one else was on that plane.