Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Piper PA-22-160 Tri-Pacer, Big Bird 3377 LLC, N9807D: Accident occurred Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in Breckenridge, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids

Big Bird 3377 LLC:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA416
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in Breckenridge, MI
Aircraft: PIPER PA 22, registration: N9807D

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.

Date: 18-JUL-17
Time: 21:58:00Z
Regis#: N9807D
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

MIDLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) - A Mid-Michigan man is okay after his plane crash-landed and flipped over on a grass landing strip.

It happened on July 18 at around 6 p.m. on the landing strip just to the west of South Castor Road and south of Redstone Road in Midland County’s Jasper Township.

Investigators report that Ronald Schultz, 79, from Jasper Township, was alone in his 1959 Piper Pacer single engine plane when he started coming in for a landing.

When he was descending the plane’s landing gear struck the top of some corn that was to the east of the landing strip. That caused the plane to lose speed and it pulled the plane towards the ground.

The plane’s wheels hit South Castor Road, damaging the landing gear.

Once the plane made it to the landing strip, it was almost to a stop when the nose tipped down, hitting the ground, and causing the plane to flip over.

The pilot had a cut on his finger and a bump on his head. He was treated at the scene and released.

The investigation has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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