Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Fenton, Michigan: Plane crash results in arrest • Aircraft crashes near Golden Pond on Saturday evening

Fenton Twp. — During the Fenton Township Board of Trustee meeting on Monday, Supervisor Bonnie Mathis commented on the ultralight plane that crashed in a wooded area just off Golden Pond Saturday, just after 7:30 p.m.

"This plane, from what the witnesses said, came right down out of the sky, parachute and everything and dropped right down,” Mathis said.

Mathis had met with the pilot before the crash with the zoning administrator, and she was under the impression he docked the plane. Although, she learned that he kept it on the front lawn of his sister’s house. 

Mathis showed a picture of the plane on the lawn.

Neighbors were upset and complained about the noise. 

The code enforcement officer brought the man in and they had scheduled a meeting for July 21.

After the crash, “He was taken to the hospital. But when police did come they found he had a warrant for his arrest,” Mathis said. “I don’t think we will see this man around the township.”

“I didn’t realize he was taxiing down onto the channel that runs parallel to Grove Park. That’s dangerous,” Mathis said.

Genesee County Undersheriff Chris Swanson the pilot crashed his single-engine plane as he was practicing landing. He said the pilot from Flint walked away, uninjured. A computer check revealed that the pilot had valid felony arrest warrants out of Flint for uttering and publishing (writing bad checks), which led to his arrest. After a trip the hospital, the pilot was then transported to the courthouse for arraignment on his outstanding warrant.

As with any plane crash, Swanson said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) responded to the crash site to investigate and determine if there were any violations.


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