MILWAUKEE — A Hampton man is dead after the single-engine plane he was riding in went down in Lake Michigan near a Milwaukee, Wisconsin suburb Saturday.
Officials said 31-year-old Noah Favaregh was a passenger in the four-seat, single engine 1975 Piper Arrow.
Favaregh is an engineer with Analytical Mechanics Association, Inc.
The Coast Guard identified the pilot as 75-year-old William Gensler. His son, Jeff Gensler, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sunday that he's "at a loss to explain what happened."
Petty Officer Chris Yaw of the U.S. Coast Guard said they were notified at around 3 p.m. Saturday after air traffic controllers at Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport lost radar and radio contact with the plane about a mile offshore near Cudahy.
The plane was found beneath 42 feet of water. It had departed from Racine's Batten International Airport.
Dave Mann, the airport's general manager, said Gensler was an experienced pilot.
"He had more than 40,000 hours of flying and most of that was instructing others how to fly," Mann said.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner will perform autopsies of the two men.