NMC Aviation Shares Importance of Safe Weather Flying After Downstate Accident

Severe weather prompted a pilot headed to Mount Pleasant to make an emergency landing downstate.

Rain and strong winds Monday night caused dangerous traveling conditions.

Police say a small airplane was headed from Kansas to Mount Pleasant, but the pilot had to make an emergency landed at the South Haven Area Regional Airport because of the thunderstorms.

When he landed, he skidded off the runway.

The plane was found with damage to the front end.

Thankfully, no one was hurt.

Instructors at Northwestern Michigan College say teaching their aviation students about weather is a strong focus in the classroom.

They always made sure the conditions are safe for flying and students are comfortable.

“We’re really teaching students how to be prepared. How to make decisions and how to have a plan B so if weather changes in route then they’ll have to go someplace else, or turn around, or come up with a new plan,” says Alex Bloye, Director of Aviation.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the emergency landing.