Four injured after plane crashes near South Bend

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BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. (WISH) – Four people were hospitalized after a plane crashed Friday morning behind a home in southern Michigan.

The single-engine plane crashed in the 400 block of North Bluff in Berrien Springs, which is about 25 miles north of South Bend, around 11:12 a.m. Two men and two women were on the plane, according to police.

Officials said three of the victims were out of the plane and walking around when responders arrived. The pilot was trapped in his seat upside down and had to be extricated.

Police said the plane was headed from Richmond, Ind. to the Andrews University Airpark for a family gathering in the Berrien Springs area.

The victims told officials the plane’s engine failed before the crash.

The four victims were taken Lakeland St. Joseph Hospital for injuries ranging from minor to serious. Those victims were later identified as Dr. William Fisher, who was acting as co-pilot on the flight, and his son, Bryce Fisher, who was the pilot. The passengers were Barbara Fisher, Dr. Fisher’s wife, and Miritha Morales, Bryce Fisher’s girlfriend.

Police said there was no damage to the home and the plane came to rest about five to six feet from the home.

An FAA investigator from South Bend arrived at the scene to do an initial investigation, according to police. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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