By John Tunison
The pilot, a 41-year-old Battle Creek man, was the plane’s only occupant.
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers said rescue crews were called to the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport just after 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 for the incident.
Police said a mechanical issue surfaced on the single-engine aircraft just after takeoff.
The pilot then attempted to land on a runway but ended up landing on a grassy area nearby. Police described it as a crash landing.
The Battle Creek man was taken by ambulance to a hospital for minor injuries.
Police said the exact cause of the crash was not immediately known. Federal Aviation Administration officials are investigating the crash landing.