VIDEO: Small Plane Crashes At Detroit City Airport

WWJ News
December 03, 2019 - 8:41 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Authorities are investigating a small plane crash at Detroit City Airport.

The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Coleman A. Young Municipal Airport, off Conner Street and Gratiot Avenue on the city's east side.

Officials say the twin-engine corporate jet was attempting to land when it went off the end of a runway.

"It landed and there was, maybe, some problem with the landing gear and it went off the runway," said Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell. "So, it's not really a crash. It was, maybe, a malfunctioning landing gear."

The plane, which had taken off from Willow Run Airport, was carrying only the pilot and co-pilot. Neither crew member sustained any serious injury and both declined to be transported to the hospital.

Fornell said crews could not get the engines to shut off after the incident, and fuel spilled, but there is no danger to the public.

"It spilled some fuel. We had our Detroit Fire Department crash truck out there and they spread foam around the plane to keep that fuel from igniting. So right now, it's contained," he said.

Officials say runway conditions don't appear to have played any role in the incident.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will conduct a joint investigation.

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