Twenty-three-year-old Daniel Wirt was the pilot and only occupant of the single-engine aircraft. Rescue workers tell us he called for help just before 9 a.m., but went down in Leoni Township minutes later.
He was apparently traveling from Capital City airport to the small town of Sandusky, Ohio. He reported engine trouble over Jackson and then ended up in the woods. Because of the snow Tuesday morning, it took rescue workers at least an hour to find him.
He was lying in the snow beside the plane in serious condition when they finally did arrive. He's recovering at the University of Michigan hospital.
Meantime, the FAA is helping clearing the wreckage and investigating the cause of a crash that escaped the notice of even the nearest neighbors.
"I'm shoveling and my wife comes out and tells me there are all these police coming out the yard," explains Del Black, who lives next door to the crash site. "And then they tell me a plane came down out here."