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Doug Bell and his wife helped passengers after their aircraft was forced to make a landing, due to weather, at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport this past New Year’s Day.

BENTON HARBOR — Doug Bell was pleasantly surprised that he’s being heralded as a hero by an Ohio aviation company.

The Benton Harbor resident is the manager of Skyway Aviation at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport in Benton Harbor.

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Doug Bell checks on a plane Friday at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport in Benton Harbor. Bell and his wife helped passengers after their aircraft was forced to make a landing, due to weather, at the airport this past New Year’s Day.

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