Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Aircraft, registration unknown, experimental, during taxi, flipped over - Ionia County Airport (Y70) Ionia, Michigan

  Regis#: UNK        Make/Model: EXP       Description: 
  Date: 07/24/2012     Time: 1635

  Event Type: Incident   Highest Injury: Minor     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Unknown

  City: IONIA   State: MI   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   1     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Unknown      Phase: Taxi      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: GRAND RAPIDS, MI  (GL09)              Entry date: 07/25/2012 

ORANGE TOWNSHIP, Mich — Michigan State Police are reporting that a man was injured when his experimental aircraft flipped-over.

 The incident happened in Orange Township, at the Ionia County Airport, just before noon Tuesday. Berlin-Orange Township Fire and EMS responded to the airport after receiving a report of an aircraft accident.

Preliminary reports say that a 69 year old Lowell man was injured when his experimental aircraft turned over in a field while taxiing near the runway. He was taken to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids with severe injuries.

Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration are handling the investigation.

Source:    http://www.fox17online.com

IONIA COUNTY, Mich. — An experimental, homebuilt aircraft known as the Midget Mustang flipped forward on the grass about 11:45 a.m. today at the Ionia County Airport, injuring the pilot.   

The pilot, who has not been identified, was taken by LifeEMS to the hospital, but "he is going to be okay," said Margaret Wint, office manager of Benz Aviation, which provides aircraft maintenance, towing, rental and instruction at the Ionia airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified. Ionia County Sheriff's Office and Michigan State Police responded to the scene.

Source:    http://www.sentinel-standard.com

IONIA COUNTY, MI -- Rescue crews are at the scene of an airplane crash at the Ionia County Airport, with one person injured.

The crash of the experimental plane was reported about 11:40 a.m. and airport staff said the pilot was simply practicing taxiing maneuvers on a grass runway when the accident happened.

Witnesses told dispatchers that the pilot was in and out of consciousness and had a head injury.

Later, ambulance staff reported that the man was 69. He had cuts to his head and was being taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Firefighters at the scene reported that fuel was leaking from the plane's tank.

The crash is the second at the airport, on State Road just south of Ionia, in about two months.

In late May, a 53-year-old Minnesota man competing in a glider competition died when the plane crashed as the pilot came in for a landing.

Source:   http://www.mlive.com

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