MIDLAND COUNTY, MI — A 70-year-old man had to make an emergency landing in a Midland County farm field after an engine failed on his airplane.
Troopers with the Michigan State Police Tri-City Post were dispatched around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, to the area of Shaffer and Lewis roads in Warren Township, just outside of Coleman, for a report of an airplane crash.
The pilot, a 70-year-old Beal City man, told police the four-seat aircraft’s engine failed when he was flying at approximately 1,000 feet.
He attempted to restart the engine multiple times after it failed.
When those efforts were not successful, the pilot decided to make an emergency landing in a soybean field.
The privately-owned plane flipped onto its top during the emergency landing, police said.
The pilot was the only person on the plane. He was not injured.
The Federal Aviation Administration was notified about the crash and will work to determine the cause of the engine failure.
The incident remains under investigation.