Sunday, May 28, 2017

Piper PA-28-140, N5584U: Accident occurred May 27, 2017 near Ray Community Airport (57D), Ray Township, Macomb County, Michigan

RAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A plane at Ray Community Airport had a hard landing that sent its pilot to the hospital Saturday, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department.

The plane went off the runway during landing around 11:35 a.m. and hit trees and farm equipment.

The pilot, a man in his early 70s from Sterling Heights, was the only person in the single engine plane, authorities said.

His injuries are believed to be non-life threatening, authorities said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. 

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Macomb County Sheriff’s Office deputy / evidence technician Joseph Bosek sets up a Faro 3D Laser Scanner to take measurements and pictures of the crash scene with three of the plane's skid marks in the grass. 

Ray Township — The pilot of a Piper PA-28-140 crashed near Ray Community Airport.

John Roberts, captain of Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, said the pilot was alone in the aircraft and was transported by ambulance to a hospital, but he did not know which one. He also did not have an identity for the pilot.

“He is an experienced pilot in his early 70s out of Sterling Heights,” said Roberts. “His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.” He added, “He’s fortunate.”

Roberts said no one else was injured on the road or adjoining property.

He said a 911 call came in at around 11:35 a.m. that a small plane had crashed on Indian Trial in Ray Township.

“We determined it was a hard landing with a single occupant pilot who was attempting to land,” said Roberts. “He ran off the end of the runway, across the road, through a field and struck some small trees and farm implements.”

He said the Ray Township fire department and an ambulance responded.

“He was removed from the plane and transported to a hospital by Medstar EMS,” said Roberts.

He described the area where the crash happened as rural, within 40 yards of a house when he was going through the field.

“I’m just happy he’s doing as well as he is, having gone through that,” said Roberts.

He added that his department is in contact with the FAA.

“We will be working with them and the investigation will continue,” he said.

Original article can be found here:

According to Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Captain John Roberts, the plane made a hard landing, jumped over two ditches and came to rest approximately 75 yards east of Indian Trail. 

RAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Macomb County Sheriff's Office says a small plane crashed in Ray Township late Saturday morning.

According to the sheriff's office, a man in his 70s was attempting to land at Ray Community Airport near 27 Mile and Indian Trail when he suffered a hard landing. He was the only person on board.

The plane crossed Indian Trail and went into a field before crashing into some trees.

Deputies tell us the man was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital. His injuries are not life threatening.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and will be conducting an investigation.

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