Saturday, September 3, 2016

CGS Aviation Hawk Aero II, N4513S: Accident occurred September 03, 2016 near Park Township Airport (KHLM), Holland, Ottawa County, Michigan

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA363
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 03, 2016 in Holland, MI
Aircraft: CGS AVIATION HAWK AERO II, registration: N4513S
Injuries: 1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 3, 2016, at 1830 eastern daylight time, a CGS Aviation Hawk Aero II, N4513S, collided with power line(s) and terrain during an en route climb following takeoff from Park Township Airport (HLM), Holland, Michigan. The ultralight was destroyed. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The ultralight was registered to and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

HOLLAND, Mich. — A man was injured when an ultralight aircraft crashed inside the Ottawa County fairgrounds Saturday.

The crash happened around 6 p.m. Saturday, just south of the Park Township airport.

The operator, a 55-year-old man, appeared to have ejected from the plane before it hit the ground, according to authorities on scene.

Authorities on scene said the man was attempting to land the plane at the nearby airport when it clipped a power line.

The man was conscious and alert when he was taken from scene by ambulance.


PARK TOWNSHIP, MICH. - One person was taken to an area hospital after crashing their ultralight plane at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds.

The crash happened just before 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, across the street from the Park Township Airport, located at 1269 Ottawa Beach Road. 

Police say a 55-year-old male pilot hit power lines in the area, which caused him to eject himself from the aircraft and fall about 20 feet.

The extent of the person's injuries are not clear at this time.

Police say the man was leaving the airport.

The FAA has been contacted and will continue the investigation.

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PARK TOWNSHIP, MI -- A 60-year-old Delton man was seriously injured when the engine on an ultralight aircraft quit, causing it to strike wires and overturn at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds.

Michael Kerr was taken to Holland Hospital with reported head and neck injuries following the 5:56 p.m. crash Saturday, Sept. 3.

Ottawa County sheriff's deputies said Kerr had taken off at the nearby Park Township Airport in a 2004 Gemini Twin ultralight aircraft when he began to experience engine trouble.

Kerr intended to fly to Wayland.

He turned the aircraft in hopes of landing in a grassy field at the fairgrounds at 1286 Ottawa Beach Road.

The engine then quit and he tried to glide the aircraft to the ground.

Ottawa County sheriff's investigators said the ultralight hit a light pole and wires surrounding the infield to the grandstand area. It then overturned and crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration was called to investigate the crash.


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