Wind causes plane to tip over at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek airport

Posted at 3:43 PM, Jul 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-29 16:40:04-04

KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. — Wind caught a small plane and caused it to tip over Saturday afternoon, resulting in minor injuries to the pilot.

According to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, the single-engine Cessna 140 had landed safely at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday, was taxiing on a runway and made a sharp turn when wind caught the plane’s tail and caused it to tip onto its nose.

Airport fire apparatus and KDPS responded to the incident immediately.

KDPS told FOX 17 that the pilot suffered scratches during the incident.

The plane sustained minor damage.

The airport was closed to airline traffic for a short time while the incident was investigated, but reopened to normal activities after the Cessna 140 was removed.