Friday, May 26, 2017

Cessna 177A Cardinal, N30462, Green Falcons Inc: Incident occurred May 26, 2017 at Plainwell Municipal Airport (61D), Allegan Countym, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Green Falcons Inc:

Aircraft on landing. Went off the end of the runway through a fence and into a ditch.

Date: 26-MAY-17
Time: 17:00:00Z
Regis#: N30462
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C177
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

PLAINWELL, MI -- Four people were on board when a plane crashed near Plainwell Municipal Airport and two were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, police say. 

A plane attempting to land at the airport crashed before 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 26, when it "ran out of runway" at the airport, Allegan County Sheriff's Office Cpt. Scott Matice said. 

One of the runways at the airport is just east of U.S. 131. A Cessna plane was observed in the ditch near the highway following the crash, where it came to rest, Matice said. 

The two people who were injured suffered minor injuries such as bumps and bruises, Matice said. Two other occupants were checked out at the scene and not transported to a hospital, he said. 

Plainwell Middle School students were involved in the incident, Plainwell Schools said in a message posted on the school's web site Friday afternoon. 

Plainwell Middle School Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students were on a field trip at the airport, the school said.

Students on the plane had "minor scrapes and bruises," according to the school, and parents of students directly involved have been contacted. 

The crash did not impact traffic on any roads, he said. No other planes were involved, he said. 

Investigators contacted the Federal Aviation Administration about the crash, he said. 

The plane is a fixed wing, single-engine Cessna registered to Green Falcons Inc. of Wyoming, according to the FAA database. It has a valid certificate, according to the FAA. 

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GUN PLAIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A small plane crashed off the end of a runway near Plainwell Friday, resulting in a scary ending to a field trip for a group of sixth-graders.

The Cessna 177A crashed at the west edge of the Plainwell Municipal Airport just feet away from the northbound lanes of US-131 in Gun Plain Township around 1 p.m.

The pilot, who suffered a nose injury in the crash, overshot the runway, plowed through a fence and landed nose-down in a ditch, according to Ginger DeVillers with the West Michigan Flight Academy.

Three sixth-grade students from Plainwell Community Schools’ STEM program were on board the plane when it crashed. While DeVillers told 24 Hour News 8 at the scene that none of the students were injured, a later release from the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office said both the pilot and one of the students were taken to the hospital for minor injuries and the two other students were treated at the scene and released.

“We’ve been doing this for four years at the Plainwell schools and we’ve had an awesome record, and we had a pilot just went off the end of the runway, and all the kids are safe, they’ve all been checked out by paramedics,” DeVillers said.

Authorities have not released the names of the pilot or students involved in the crash, which the FAA is investigating.

There have been two other plane crashes in recent years involving the Plainwell Municipal Airport. On Sept. 23, 2011, a Holland man was killed when his small plane hit a FedEx truck on northbound US-131 just west of the airport’s runway. On May 21, 2009, two men died in a small plane crash at the airport.

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