Amazon.com executive dies in Lake Huron plane crash

Amazon.com executive dies in Lake Huron plane crash

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Amazon.com executive dies in Lake Huron plane crash

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on December 4, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 4 at 7:26 PM

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ST. IGNACE, Mich. - An executive with Amazon.com died Sunday in a small-plane crash on the shore of Lake Huron.

Tom Phillips, 52, of Kirkland, was a general manager with Amazon Web Services, the Seattle Times reports. He was flying to a home he owned on Mackinac Island when the crash occurred.

Phillips was on the board of several area organizations, including Sacred Heart School in Clyde Hill.

"Tom's a family man, puts his family first, and he's very involved and committed to our community here at our school and at our parish, and he's one of the first people, if anything ever is needed they call Tom,” said friend Julie Prince.

Search and rescue controllers at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., were contacted by a Michigan State Police 911 dispatcher at 10:07 p.m. Saturday, after the dispatcher was called by a concerned family member reporting Phillips and 29-year-old Joe Pann overdue, the Coast Guard said.

The men had departed St. Ignace en route to Mackinaw Island in a Piper Saratoga and were expected to arrive at about 8 p.m.  The flight is only about 4.5 miles and should have taken only about six minutes.

Shortly before noon Sunday, a Coast Guard aircrew involved in the search effort received a signal from a 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitter.  When they investigated the transmitted signal, they found the plane wreckage about 100 yards from the shore and about three miles north of St. Ignace, Mich.

Federal Aviation Administration records show the plane was owned by the charter company Great Lakes Air Inc.

Federal investigators are expected to arrive Monday.
  

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