A small plane ended up tangled in the branches of trees after a gust of wind sent the aircraft careening off course in Livingston County, Michigan. The 72-year-old pilot, hailing from Canton, walked away from the accident without a scratch. The incident occurred near Eight Mile and Rushton roads on Monday, around 1 p.m., as reported by ClickOnDetroit.
Authorities rushed to the scene to find the single-engine Piper Cub significantly damaged, but fortunately stable in its lofty perch, with no fuel leaks. The experienced aviator managed to safely extricate himself from the compromised cockpit and make his way to the ground. The pilot's unexpected aerial maneuver was caused by a powerful wind gust which forced him to quickly tip to the left, he told officials. His wing clipped a branch, resulting in the plane cartwheeling into the trees. This was corroborated by the Green Oak Township Police Department in a statement to WHMI.
The Federal Aviation Administration has been swiftly contacted and has taken up the investigation of the crash. As per the information provided by the local news, the outcome could have been dramatically different, highlighting the inherent unpredictability and danger of small aircraft operations.
Green Oak Township Police, was quickly joined by the fire department and Livingston County Central Dispatch to assist in securing the area and making sure the pilot was safe. "The lone occupant of the plane, a 72-year-old Canton man, was uninjured in the crash," detailed officials during the aftermath of the precarious situation, as told to the WWJ Newsradio 950.