UPDATE: Passenger in Serious Condition After Plane Crash on Isabella County Lake
They say Marine deputies were already patrolling the water and headed over as soon as it happened.
The sheriff’s office says its owner/pilot Tyrone Finch of Tennessee and his passenger, Patrick Jarman of Deerfield Township, was helped out of the cockpit by people nearby onto a pontoon boat.
Finch was treated for non-life threatening injuries by EMS.
Jarman was flown to Grand Rapids by helicopter.
He is listed in serious condition.
Deputies say there were strong winds on the lake at the time of the crash, which could have interfered in takeoff.
The plane appears to be an Icon A5, a two-seater vehicle designed to be highly stall and spin-resistant.
The sheriff’s office says they were able to pull the plane ashore before it sank.
It has now been taken to an impound yard.
They say they are working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), who is expected to send an investigator to look at the wreckage on Monday.
Update at 9:30 p.m., July 27, 2019
9&10 News is learning of a plane crash which happened Saturday afternoon in Isabella County.
Details are limited right now but we do know it happened on Littlefield Lake.
Video captured by people on shore show the plane taking off from the lake and the curving around close to the trees.
It stays at a low altitude before a wing clipped a tree and the tail is snapped off by another tree.
Central dispatch tells us people did get hurt but they did not confirm how many say how many or the extent of their injuries.
Stay with Northern Michigan’s news leader as we’re working to bring you the latest.