Plane Crashes in Jenison, Pilot Uninjured

JENISON, Mich. – A pilot managed to escape from a plane crash with no injuries Tuesday afternoon.

According to a report from the National Weather Service, Ben Schaefer was landing his Cessna 172, when the aircraft slid due to ice on the runway.  Schaefer lost control and the plane ended up hitting a snow embankment and rolling over.

There was significant damage to the aircraft, but the pilot was uninjured.

The plane is registered to the Green Falcons Flying Club in Wyoming.  Interestingly, FAA and NTSB records show that the same plane was involved in a similar accident in Kendallville, IN in 1977.

3 comments

  • Ben

    De-ice on a small runway? Most runways are just plowed…just like riverview. Riverview is a great airport with a host of activities. Student pilots take off and land there every day. Folks are hospitable and welcome the general public. In the summer you can enjoy a ride on the Grand Lady riverboat anchored right next door. There is a WW2 vintage C-47 that you can view. Army helicopters are always popping in.
    Riverview is a host to ever increasing experimental (homebuilt) aircraft. There is a large and very active EAA chapter http://www.airventure.org

  • Michael

    I agree with Ben, Jenison / Riverview Airport is a great little place to fly in to. I was scared at first because of what other pilots have said. Just fly a normal approach and there won't be any problems. I've seen worse runways. There is an abundance of activity there with flight training and the educational outreach that they do with the inner-city youth of Grand Rapids.

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