Plane crashes in eastern Kent County near Lowell airport

Posted at 6:23 PM, Jan 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-19 22:39:17-05

KENT COUNTY, Mich. -- A pilot sustained minor injuries during a Monday evening plane crash in eastern Kent County.

The crash of a single-engine 1964 Cessna 172 was first reported at 5:46 p.m. Monday at 432 Lincoln Lake Avenue south of Vergennes Street. The crash site is between the Lowell City Airport and Vergennes, north of the airport.

The Lowell City Airport is located at 730 Lincoln Lake Avenue.

First responders said that one person was involved in the crash, and was up and walking around the area when they arrived. He was later identified as a 40-year-old Grand Rapids man. Police said the pilot was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Lowell plane crash (courtesy Terasa Broyles Ferris)

Lowell plane crash (courtesy Terasa Broyles Ferris)

Emergency personnel from Lowell and the Kent County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.

According to the Kent County Sheriff's Office, the pilot had been in training since last April and had been flying with an instructor around the area for approximately two hours prior to attempting a solo landing Monday. The plane then hit some trees and landed in the driveway of a residence but did not strike any buildings.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating the cause of the crash.