Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Stinson 108-3 Voyager, N909C: Incident occurred September 01, 2020 in Coleman, Midland County, Michigan

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

Aircraft forced to land in a field due to engine issues and as it slowed it flipped over.


https://registry.faa.gov/N909C


Date: 01-SEP-20

Time: 15:15:00Z
Regis#: N909C
Aircraft Make: STINSON
Aircraft Model: 108
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: COLEMAN
State: Michigan

A  Beal City man was piloting a small plane when he had engine trouble and made an emergency landing in the area of Shaffer and Lewis roads in Midland County.  The plane came to a stop upside down in a field, but the pilot was not injured.


MIDLAND COUNTY, Michigan - A 70-year-old man had to make an emergency landing in a Midland County farm field after an engine failed on his airplane.

Troopers with the Michigan State Police Tri-City Post were dispatched around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 1st, to the area of Shaffer and Lewis roads in Warren Township, just outside of Coleman, for a report of an airplane crash.

The pilot, a 70-year-old Beal City man, told police the Stinson 108-3 Voyager engine failed when he was flying at approximately 1,000 feet.

He attempted to restart the engine multiple times after it failed.

When those efforts were not successful, the pilot decided to make an emergency landing in a soybean field.

The privately-owned plane flipped onto its top during the emergency landing, police said.

The pilot was the only person on the plane. He was not injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified about the crash and will work to determine the cause of the engine failure.

The incident remains under investigation.

https://www.mlive.com

Law enforcement agencies in Midland County responded to two separate plane crashes on Tuesday, one of which resulted in the death of a passenger.

According to a press release, the Midland County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a plane that had crash-landed in a Mills Township farm field at about 12:45 p.m. The field is located to the east of North Sturgeon Road north of East Shaffer Road, the release states.

There were two people onboard the plane at the time of the crash: pilot/co-owner William Granger, 64, of Lake City, and his wife Dorothy Granger, 64.

William Granger was transported to the MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland by EMS in critical condition. Dorothy Granger was pronounced dead at the scene.

The initial investigation revealed the aircraft -- a Piper PA 24-250 Comanche -- was flying in a northwesterly direction when it started to have engine trouble, the release states. While coming in for an emergency landing in the field, the plane struck a large grass-covered mound of dirt before coming to a rest.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by Mills Fire Rescue, Larkin Fire Rescue, MidMichigan EMS and medical examiner, Dr. Dennis Wagner.

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

Michigan State Police troopers from the Tri-City Post responded to a separate crash near Coleman about an hour earlier. At about 11:30 a.m., troopers were dispatched to the area of Shaffer Road and Lewis Road for a report of an airplane crash, according to a press release from Sgt. Joseph Rowley of the Tri-City Post in Freeland.

The pilot, a 70-year-old Beal City man, told deputies the plane's engine quit when he was flying at about 1,000 feet. After several attempts to restart the engine failed, the pilot decided to make an emergency landing in a soybean field, the release states.

During the landing, the privately-owned four-seat aircraft flipped onto its top. The pilot was the only person in the plane, and was uninjured.

There is no additional information at this time, the release stated, and the investigation is now in the hands of the FAA, which will work to determine the cause of the engine failure.


https://www.ourmidland.com

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