FAA Flight Standards District Office: WESTERN MICHIGAN FSDO GL-09
AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCED AN ENGINE FAILURE AND LANDED ON A ROAD NEAR SAGINAW, MICHIGAN
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182H
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: EMERGENCY DESCENT (EMG)
MIDLAND COUNTY (WJRT) - (01/31/17) - A pilot had to make an emergency landing on a Mid-Michigan road Tuesday.
The Midland County Sheriff's Office says the pilot had taken off from Barstow Airport at 9 a.m. Monday. Shortly after takeoff, the 1964 Cessna model 182 began to have engine trouble.
The sheriff says the 52-year-old pilot from Millington and the 38-year-old co-pilot from Clare were working for Gateway Air Service in Midland. They were inspecting pipelines from the air.
The pilots decided to make an emergency landing on N. Jefferson Road, north of E. Shearer Road, at 9:23 a.m. That's in Mills Township.
Power lines, trees, cars - the obstacles may be running through your mind right now - but what we see as a whole bunch of problems, the pilots saw as no big deal.
Michael Schulz has been flying planes for 10 years and he says the only concern was where to land the plane.
“It was probably the best flying day we've had in the last six weeks,” he said.
Schulz says the weather was perfect as he and pilot Todd Ames took off from Barstow Airport in Midland. They were flying for Gateway Air Service.
“We were going to fly the pipeline up around the Gaylord area and then up to Sault Ste. Marie,” Schulz said.
The inspection of pipelines from the air never materialized, as the single-engine prop plane had engine trouble.
“It was going one direction, down,” Schulz said. “When the motor quits, you better get to work because you are not getting pulled anymore.”
They couldn't make it back to the airport, so they started looking at other options.
“You didn't want to do a field this time of the year, most likely you would do a lot of damage to the airplane,” Schulz said.
They noticed Jefferson Road, north of Midland.
“There were no cars on the road, there were no wires crossing the road, it was just the right spot,” Schulz said.
It was a tight spot.
“Branches probably about three inches from the wing when we got it stopped,” Schulz said.
The emergency landing was picture perfect.
“Keep it centered up, fly the dang airplane and don't give up,” Schulz said.
No injuries and not a scratch on the plane. The plane was towed back to the airport.
Schulz says they only had a minute or two to make the decision to land on the road. He wasn't too worried about the plane landing - he had another concern.
“I was more worried about staying outside in the cold waiting for my ride to get there than landing the dang airplane,” he said.
Schulz says it took about a half hour for his ride to arrive because there were a lot of dead end roads.
The plane is being inspected at Barstow Airport to see exactly why the engine didn't work after take-off.
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MIDLAND COUNTY, MI -- The pilot of a single-engine prop plane made a runway out of a snow-covered county road Monday morning when technical problems forced an emergency landing.
The small plane landed around 9:20 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, on North Jefferson Road between Curtis and Shearer roads in Mills Township, Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson said.
The plane was piloted by a 52-year-old Millington man and co-piloted by a 38-year-old Clare man, Stephenson said.
No one was injured and no property was destroyed as a result of the forced landing, which was about nine miles from the plane's point of departure at Jack Barstow Municipal Airport, Stephenson said.
"They picked the best the best spot they could," he said. "It could've been a heck of a lot worse."
The plane belongs Gateway Air Service and was in the air for pipeline inspections, Stephenson said.
Once the plane landed, deputies were able to ferry the aircraft to the parking lot of the Mills Township Fire Department, where the plane was assessed by officials from the Federal Aviation Administration, Stephenson said.
He said he didn't know the exact problems that forced the landing.