Sunday, October 23, 2016

Cirrus SR20 GS, Trustees of Purdue University, N585PU: Incident occurred October 23, 2016 at Muskegon County Airport (KMKG), Norton Shores, Michigan

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Grand Rapids FSDO-09


Date: 23-OCT-16
Time: 18:20:00Z
Regis#: N585PU
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR20
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: Michigan

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WOOD) — No one was hurt when an airplane crashed at the Muskegon County Airport in Norton Shores Sunday afternoon.

During a practice landing around 2:15 p.m., the plane’s nose fell off, the plane dropped onto its front and skidded to a stop, according to Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Christian Stevens.

The plane seats four, but the pilot was the only person on board. She was unhurt.

The damage to the plane, a Cirrus SR20, was minor. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the mechanical problem.

The plane was on a training flight out of Purdue University near West Lafayette, Ind. The pilot has her solo license, but was undergoing further training. She left Purdue Sunday morning and performed another training landing in Traverse City before the crash at the Muskegon County Airport. Sgt. Stevens said there is no indication that she was flying fatigued or under the influence of alcohol.

“Shook up understandably,” Stevens said of the pilot. “Again, it was a routine flight, routine landing. And again, as she landed is when the nose gear broke off and at that point it was just a few seconds of the plane landing and then she got out of the plane as quickly as she could.”

Family members were coming from Indiana get to get her.

The airport was closed for a short time as crews removed the damaged plane from the runway.


NORTON SHORES, MICH. - A pilot is OK despite her plane crashing at the Muskegon County Airport.

The plane, described as a single-engine aircraft, went down during landing just before 2:20 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler said. Its front-nose wheel collapsed and bent upon contact with the ground, causing the aircraft to skid to a stop.

The plane appeared to be largely intact and not on fire, a witness told WZZM.

"I was sitting in my living room when I heard a fire whistle go off, which I think was kind of unusual," said Terry Knoll, who then went outside to investigate the scene.

The pilot is an 18-year-old Indiana woman who was completing some advanced flying time just before the crash, Roesler said. She waved off medical help before ambulances arrived, according to dispatch traffic.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety board are tasked to continue an investigation. 

Alcohol nor drugs are not believed to be factors in the crash.


MUSKEGON, Mich. — No one was injured in a Sunday afternoon plane crash at the Muskegon County Airport.

The incident occurred at 2:18 p.m. Sunday when an airplane nosed into the ground in a heavy crosswind while it was landing at the airport, located at 99 Sinclair Drive south of Muskegon and east of Norton Shores.

There was no fire hazard and firefighters soon left the scene.



Anonymous said...

Is there a reason this incident has not made the NTSB database as of 1-Feb-17?

Anonymous said...

For update on this incident, get in contact with FAA Grand Rapids FSDO-09.
Here's the link:

Jim B said...

I politely beg differ on the terminology of "minor damage".

Based upon what my mechanic says, there is no minor (cost) incident in a Cirrus.

Its an nice bird but plan on spending considerable money maintaining it provided you do not put a scratch on it.