W.K. Kellogg Airport
There were problems shortly after takeoff, officials say.
Witnesses say the plane had been practicing takeoffs and landings when it appeared to have a problem and crashed a short time later.
The cuts come as the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base prepares for a future of flying drones as part of broader mission changes in the military.
The expected closures of three air traffic control towers in Michigan are among 149 nationwide that will now be delayed.
A Battle Creek official says the city plans to contract with a private company to keep the control tower open at W.K. Kellogg Airport.