Monday, January 19, 2015

Cessna 172F Skyhawk, N7854U, Majestic Air: Incident occurred January 19, 2015 near Lowell City Airport (24C), Lowell, Michigan

NTSB Identification: CEN15CA111 
Accident occurred Monday, January 19, 2015 in Lowell, MI
Aircraft: CESSNA 172F, registration: N7854U

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

LOWELL, MI -- A 30-year-old Grand Rapids man was taken to the hospital for an evaluation but appeared to have no obvious injuries after crashing a plane Monday night near the Lowell City Airport, authorities said. 

The crash was reported around 5:45 p.m. Jan. 19 in a driveway at 484 Lincoln Lake Ave.

According to Kent County Sheriff's Lt. Jack Smith, the Grand Rapids man, a student pilot, was attempting to land when something went wrong. The pilot came out of the landing, struck a few treetops and crashed on a driveway, right next to a home owned by Suzanne Fedewa and her husband, and near a gas station.

Foam has been sprayed onto fuel that spilled from the Cessna 172 to lessen the fire risk.

A flight instructor was watching the student pilot's landing and recording video footage when the crash happened, Smith said.

Federal Aviation Administration investigators are on scene and will be handling the case. The pilot had been in training since April 2014 and was flying in the area solo for about two hours Monday night, the sheriff's lieutenant said.

Airport Manager Casey Brown was among the first to arrive after the crash. Though the single-engine plane is a total loss, it was engineered well to take the hit. The 1960s-era plane was built solidly, he said.

"It did its job as far as I can see," Brown said. "The pilot is very, very fortunate."

Fedewa was home, sitting in her living room, when she heard a loud noise outside that sounded like crunching, but without the squealing tires that typically signal a car crash. She looked out and saw the plane in her driveway.

Fedewa moved quickly to grab her boots and a coat, simultaneously trying to call 911.

The pilot was able to get out and came inside out of the cold. He had cuts on his face and significant bruising beginning to show on one side but was able to sit up and talk.

"At first he was kind of confused and said he didn't know what had happened," Fedewa said.

The pilot soon recalled not feeling well about his impending landing and trying to readjust, come around and try again. That's when he hit the top of a pine tree in Fedewa's yard.

The gas station next door has been there less than a year and remains a concern for her and her husband. She hopes the township will continue looking into the logistics of it, for the safety of the airport and for the quality of her land nearby. 

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LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries after a small plane crash. 

 The crash was reported in the 400 block of Lincoln Lake Ave. SE, near the Lowell City Airport south of Vergennes St., around 5:50 p.m. Monday.

The plane is a  Cessna 172 registered to Majestic Air. Majestic Air's website says the company provides flight training and other aviation experiences.

Authorities say the  student pilot had been on a two-hour flight with his instructor prior to attempting a solo landing. In attempting the landing, the plane clipped some tall pine trees, sending the plane into a crash landing onto a property near the airport. The plane came to a stop on the property's driveway, very close to the house there.

After the crash, the 40-year-old student pilot walked to that nearby home for help and was then taken to a hospital.

The FAA is investigating.


LOWELL, Mich. (WOOD) — A plane crashed in front of a home near the Lowell City Airport Monday, causing its pilot some injuries.

The pilot was trying to land the Cessna 172 that was built in 1964 when something went wrong and plane crashed, Kent County Sheriff’s Department officers on the scene told 24 Hour News 8. It’s not yet known whether the error was mechanical or on the part of the pilot.

The plane crashed in the driveway of a residence. The owner of that house told 24 Hour News 8 she came outside to find the plane about five feet from her home.

The pilot was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said, though they did not specify the nature of those injuries. The homeowner said the pilot’s face was bleeding and that he asked for a towel before he would go into her house.

The pilot, the only person in the plane, is a student who has been training since April. The flight was being recorded by the person training the pilot.

The homeowner said she was initially told the plane would not be removed until Tuesday. The sheriff’s department said that’s up to the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA investigators arrived on the scene just before 7:30 p.m.

There is a gas station only about 50 feet from where the plane crashed.

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KENT COUNTY, Mich. — Emergency personnel are responding to a Monday evening plane crash in eastern Kent County.

The crash of a Cessna 172 was first reported at 5:46 p.m. Monday at 432 Lincoln Lake, south of Vergennes. The crash site is between the Lowell City Airport and Vergennes, north of the airport.

The Lowell City Airport is located at 730 Lincoln Lake.

First responders said that one person was involved in the crash, and was up and walking around the area when they arrived.

Emergency personnel from Lowell and the Kent County Sheriff’s Office are on the scene.

FOX 17 NEWS has a crew en route to the crash scene and will provide updates as they become available.

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