Saturday, October 12, 2013

Official: Hard landing caused plane crash at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport (KARB), Michigan

A hard landing caused the nose gear of a plane to collapse Saturday evening, resulting in a crash at the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport, an airport official said Monday.

The crash took place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Matthew Kulhanek, manager of the airport, said the single-engine Cessna landed hard, causing the nose gear to collapse and the nose of the plane to dig into the turf runway.

The plane is owned by the Michigan Flyers, a non-profit flying club in Ann Arbor. A message was left with the club by The Ann Arbor News Monday.

Kulhanek said the crash was minor enough that the National Transportation Safety Board didn’t come out to investigate the incident. He had not seen the full report as of Monday afternoon.

Pittsfield Township firefighters said the Ann Arbor man flying the plane was out of the aircraft by the time first responders got to the scene. No one was injured in the incident.

It’s the second plane crash at the airport this year. A single-engine Cessna carrying three passengers crashed on June 9. The three people on board at the time were not injured in that incident.

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