Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cessna 172K Skyhawk, N7061G: Accident occurred January 17, 2015 at West Michigan Regional Airport (KBIV), Holland, Michigan

NTSB Identification: CEN15CA105
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 17, 2015 in Holland, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/10/2015
Aircraft: CESSNA 172K, registration: N7061G
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot was performing a full stop landing to runway 26 at his home airfield. During the landing roll, a strong gusty crosswind lifted the airplane's left wing, the airplane veered right, and the pilot lost control. The airplane exited the runway and impacted a snow bank where it nosed over and came to rest inverted. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions or failures contributed to the accident. A review of weather information revealed a prevailing wind from 210 degrees at 21 knots gusting to 28 knots, with a peak wind gust of 30 knots occurring prior to the pilot's landing.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's loss of control while landing in gusty wind conditions.


Holland, Mich.

Strong cross winds are to blame for an overturned airplane at the West Michigan Regional Airport in Holland, according to Holland police.

As a single engine plane was landing at the airport about 1:40 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, when winds pushed the airplane off the runway and into the snow. Upon hitting the snow, the plane flipped over, police said.

The pilot, a 64-year-old Holland man, exited the small plane with minor injuries, according to police.

The incident closed West Michigan Regional Airport Saturday afternoon. Staff at the airport are working to notify the Federal Aviation Administration of the incident. Crews cannot remove the plane from the runway until the FAA is notified.

Multiple agencies responded to the airport, formerly known as the Tulip City Airport. The plane did not catch on fire.

Initially, law enforcement officials shut down entrance ramps at U.S. 31 and Blue Star Highway and other roadways near the scene as a precaution. 

The entrance ramps are now open.

Officials are continuing to investigate the incident.

For more information as this story develops, check

HOLLAND, MI - A 64-year-old Holland man suffered minor injuries Saturday afternoon when his single engine plane flipped over while landing at West Michigan Regional Airport, authorities said.

The plane was landing at about 1:40 p.m. when strong winds pushed it off the runway and into the snow, causing it to flip, the Holland Department of Public Safety said in a news release.

The man escaped with minor injuries.

The plane did not catch fire as a result of the crash. Authorities continue to investigate the incident.

West Michigan Regional Airport, formerly known as Tulip City Airport, is located south of Holland.

Federal Aviation Administration records shows the plane listed as a single engine Cessna, model 172 K.

HOLLAND, Mich. — One person sustained minor injuries Saturday afternoon after a small plane became overturned at Tulip City Airport. Holland City Police and Fire responded to the call at 1:40 p.m. when they got word that a single engine plane had flipped over on one of the airport’s tarmacs.

The sole occupant of the plane was a 64 year-old Holland man, who sustained only minor injuries.

There was no smoke or fire present during the incident, making the response much more manageable for responding agencies.

Police said the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has already been notified about the incident.

Check back with Fox 17 for more information as it becomes available.

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