Crash Landing Damages Plane, But Not Pilot, at Troy Airport
(Troy Fire Dept, March 18, 2020)
Troy, MI – The Troy Fire Department responded to a report of an airplane that had apparently flipped over, off of the runway, at Oakland Troy Airport. The airport is a county operated, unstaffed facility. This means there is no crash rescue services on site, and no staffed control tower facilities. The incident was called into the 9-1-1 center by a passerby.
Upon their arrival, firefighters confirmed that the pilot had exited the craft, and there was no fire and no fuel leaking. The single engine aircraft had sustained obvious damage.
The pilot indicated that he was enjoying his aircraft, with no indication of any malfunctions. When he attempted to land, the plane made an abrupt turn into the grassy area alongside the runway and partially cart-wheeled to a stop, but did not flip over. Upon entering the grassy area, the plane then became stuck in the soft earth. The aircraft appeared to have damage to the propeller, both wingtips, and the landing gear. The pilot also reported a minor injury to his hand. Firefighters requested Oakland County Air Traffic Control to close the airport until the plane could be removed.
The incident was turned over to Troy Police and the FAA for investigation. Damage estimates are incomplete at this time. No serious injuries or fatalities were reported.
No further details are available at this time.
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