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Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Grand Rapids

A Grand Rapids man made an emergency landing on Wednesday after losing power. A Grand Rapids man made an emergency landing on Wednesday after losing power. | 

Updated: August 21, 2019 05:04 PM

A single-engine plane on floats made an emergency landing around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon near the Grand Rapids airport.

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A statement from the police department said the pilot reported the engine began losing power shortly after takeoff, and he turned back toward Lilly Lake. The 68-year-old pilot, who is very experienced, according to police, set the plane down in a grassy area east of the airport, on the grounds of the Grand Rapids Municipal Waste Water Treatment Plant.

There was extensive damage to the aircraft. One wing hit the ground. 

The pilot, who is from Grand Rapids, has injuries that are not life-threatening. He was taken to the hospital. No one else was in the plane.

“The pilot did an excellent job in a situation in which he had no other options. No other lives were endangered,” said Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson. “We have been in contact with the FAA and they will conduct an investigation of the incident.” 

The Grand Rapids Police and Fire Departments, the Itasca County Sheriff's Office and an ambulance service responded. 

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