Plane crash from 1997 believed discovered in Northern Michigan

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday that it's investigating the scene of a plane crash in St. Ignace that is believed to be a missing plane that crashed in 1997.

21 years ago, the Piper PA-28-235 took off from Drummond Island, Michigan, and was headed towards Howell. The plane took off to the south, turned 180 degrees and then disappeared from the radar.

Mark and Janet Davies took off from Drummond Island on September 14th 1997, for their home on Lake Chemung in Howell.  But the plane went missing.  Their neighbors, Joyce and Jerry Matevia, were stunned that day.

According to the NTSB,  the single engine Piper aircraft, piloted by Mark, was last seen on radar heading south but then turning and heading north, before it disappeared in the foggy weather. Mark had only been a pilot a short time and was not instrument rated and experienced vertigo.

"They formed a search party a couple weekends of teachers, police, anybody that wanted to go. It was a mystery - nothing. Nothings was floated in Lake Huron  They didn't find anything - for 21 years they found nothing," friend Ted Sarrach said.

Ted says, Jen, as she was known, was an art teacher at Howell high school. Mark was a mechanic, who worked at a Ford dealership. Both were in their mid 40's, they had only been married a few years, and had no kids.  

Authorities discovered the remains of the plane on Wednesday in a remote part of Saint Ignace, about 70 miles west of Drummond Island.

The Coast Guard and Civil Air Patrol searched for four days but never found any evidence of the plane.