Plane crash injures pilot
NEWBERRY – A Luce County plane crash resulted in one injury on Sunday, according to law enforcement officials. The plane, owned by the DNR, was being flown for aerial fire assistance and is being considered a total loss.
In a press release from the Michigan State Police Sault Ste. Marie Post – Newberry Detachment, a trooper from the post was dispatched at 2:15 p.m. to Luce County Airport for a report of a crashed plane. Upon arrival, the trooper discovered a single engine plane fully engulfed in flames on the west end of the runway.
The pilot, Dean Minett, 61, of Newberry, was observed walking away from the crash. Minett was the lone occupant of the aircraft, and stated he had smelled smoke in the cockpit and attempted to turn around and land, when smoke began to fill the cockpit, distracting him and causing the crash.
Minett was taken to Helen Newberry Joy Hospital with burns to his legs and arms.
Police do not believe alcohol or drugs are not believed to be a factor in the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.