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Report: Confusion slowed pilot's Lake Huron rescue

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DETROIT (AP) -- A report blames confusion by a Virginia-based controller with delaying the rescue of a pilot who spent 18 hours in Lake Huron after his plane crashed within sight of the Michigan shoreline.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson's report says the controller was unsure whether Michael Trapp was going down July 26 near Bad Axe or 145 miles away near Traverse City.

Trapp crashed while flying from New York to Wisconsin. Before crashing he contacted a flight service he believed was in Michigan.

Hanson says the Federal Aviation Administration contracted the service to a private company, which moved it to Virginia.

The Associated Press left a message Thursday with the National Transportation Safety Board about the investigation. The FAA referred calls to the NTSB.

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Part of pilot's call: http://bit.ly/qxQvQ2

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