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ChrisBaird

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https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/ghost-plane-crashes-east-of-marathon-565032

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The article doesn't say whether the doors were open when it was found; if you flopped out of the plane during say, a seizure would the propwash be enough to re-latch the door? Or if you just bailed with a chute could you get the door latched behind you? Or could the a/c be trimmed up with the door ajar and then fly on in trim with the occupant(s) now gone?

Interesting mystery.
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Maybe it's a weird suicide?

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I live in Ann Arbor (where the plane was rented) it appears that there are only 6 cessna 172s available for rental out of Ann Arbor Airport....well, 5 now. Shouldn't be too hard to figure out who rented it. If he/she is Lake Superior at this time year, good luck!
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Pilot may have been a missing University of Michigan student (name not given)

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/03/20/u-m-missing-student-plane/99417894/

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the comment section after the article is good
Here is my favorite, and the start of another conspiracy
 "This is rather interesting on so many levels. There have been multiple Cessna 's dissappear in the "Algoma" region in the past."
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I'll repeat this story as it happened back about 1995.  An aircraft was picked up crossing the south Florida coast flying low under the radar.  It was intercepted by DEA helicopters and it climbed to altitude. The pilot then immediately bailed out over dense jungle, leaving the plane on a course for the Tampa Bay area.  Fighters were scrambled, but when they intercepted the aircraft the course had veered off toward the Gulf of Mexico.  The fighters stayed with the aircraft until it ran out of fuel and crashed into the Gulf.  They circled the crash site and observed bales of "square grouper" floating among the wreckage.  Dennis
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4339230/Pilot-27-missing-plane-crash-believed-dead.html
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