Clinton Township man survives plane crash at Ray Township airport

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published October 16, 2015


A 46-year-old Clinton Township man walked away from a plane crash with only small lacerations on his face after the plane he was piloting crashed while approaching Ray Community Airport Oct. 15.

According to a report from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched at 6:10 p.m. to 59819 Indian Trail, the airport’s address, for a report of a plane crash. When deputies arrived, Ray Township Fire and MedStar Ambulance personnel were on the scene and treating the pilot.

The pilot reportedly told deputies that he was attempting to land the plane at the airport. The plane was a Comp Air 8 turboprop.

The Sheriff’s Office reports stated that an independent witness said he saw the plane take a “hard left turn” into the ground while approaching the runway.

Weather reports at the time of the crash showed that winds were sustained at 27 knots, or 31 mph, with gusts as high as 29 knots, or 33 mph, with overcast skies.

There is no indication yet that weather played a factor in the crash.

A Federal Aviation Administration investigation into the crash is ongoing. Ray Community Airport is located northwest of the intersection of North Avenue and 27 Mile Road.