Small plane crashes at Michigan airport; Purdue student pilot unhurt

(Provided Photo/WOOD-TV)
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NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WOOD) — No one was hurt when an airplane crashed at the Muskegon County Airport in Norton Shores Sunday afternoon.

During a practice landing around 2:15 p.m., the plane’s nose fell off, the plane dropped onto its front and skidded to a stop, according to Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Christian Stevens.

The plane seats four, but the pilot was the only person on board. She was unhurt.

The damage to the plane, a Cirrus SR20, was minor. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the mechanical problem.

The plane was on a training flight out of Purdue University. The pilot has her solo license but was undergoing further training.

She left Purdue Sunday morning and performed another training landing in Traverse City before the crash at the Muskegon County Airport.

Sgt. Stevens said there is no indication that she was flying fatigued or under the influence of alcohol.

“Shook up understandably,” Stevens said of the pilot. “Again, it was a routine flight, routine landing. And again, as she landed is when the nose gear broke off and at that point it was just a few seconds of the plane landing and then she got out of the plane as quickly as she could.”

Family members were coming from Indiana to get her.

The airport was closed for a short time as crews removed the damaged plane from the runway.