FAA: Ann Arbor airport plane crash investigation could take weeks
The investigation into what went wrong before Thursday’s plane crash at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport could take several weeks, according to a Federal Aviation Administration official.
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory said a typical timeline for a crash like the one on Thursday is several weeks and investigators will examine everything from the plane’s construction to the pilot’s actions.
Federal investigators will also check to see if all rules were followed, if the plane was properly maintained and licensed, and any other regulations that may apply, she said.
“We look at those areas to determine what happened and why,” she said. “We’ll use that information to prevent a crash from happening again with similar aircraft in the fleet.”
A two-seat experimental airplane crashed shortly after take off at about 11:43 a.m. Thursday. The pilot had to be cut out of the plane after being trapped, according to Pittsfield Township Public Safety Director Matt Harshberger.
The pilot was trapped in the plane for about 30 minutes, but was reportedly conscious and talking with emergency crews at the scene, Harshberger said. He was taken to the University of Michigan Hospital to be treated for his injuries, which were non-life threatening, said Huron Valley Ambulance spokeswoman Joyce Williams.
Williams said the man was in serious but stable condition.
Pittsfield Township public safety officials said Friday that they’ve turned over the investigation to the FAA.
The plane was a fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft licensed by a company from Flat Rock. The pilot’s identity and condition was still unknown as of Friday afternoon.