3 Dead, 3 Hurt In Small Plane Crash Near Lansing Airport
UPDATED at 3:00 p.m.: Three people died and three others were injured when a single-engine plane heading from Indianapolis crashed Thursday near Capital Region International Airport in mid-Michigan, authorities said.
The six-passenger plane was on its way to the Lansing-area airport when it went down about 9 a.m.
“I know that it was coming in on the approach and that’s when something went wrong,” airport spokesman Spencer Flynn said.
The plane was at capacity and included a pilot and co-pilot, said Clinton County Sheriff Larry Jerue. Names of those onboard weren’t immediately released.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the Socata TBM 700 plane left Indy South Greenwood Airport at 8 a.m. Thursday, according to WRTV-TV. The station reported that the FAA registry lists the plane as being owned by a Greenwood, Indiana, company.
The airport received an emergency alert from the plane, said airport public safety and operations chief Eric Patrick. He wasn’t sure if the alert came before or after the crash.
The plane was largely intact at the crash site and Patrick said the plane wasn’t part of scheduled commercial service at the airport.
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Authority were heading Thursday to the area.
UPDATED at 12:00 p.m.: A single-engine plane has crashed near Capital Regional International Airport outside of Lansing. WLNS-TV, a media partner of WKAR, reported at least three people died in the accident.
Airport spokesman Spencer Flynn says that the pilot was approaching to land when the six-passenger plane crashed about 9:00 a.m. Thursday. He says it’s unclear how many people were on the plane or if any were injured.
He says he doesn’t know where the flight originated from.
Flynn says the airport and its runways remain and no other flights have been affected.